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Area cross country stars among state's Hiesman finalistsSubmitted: 10/30/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


- John Hiesman's name is well known throughout the nation. So anyone mentioned with Hiesman is earning some special recognition.

A pair of cross country stars from the area made the list of 20 finalists from Wisconsin for the High School Heisman award.

Jordan Koski from Chequamegon High School finished third at last week's sectionals. He's the one wearing the headband on the left. Jordan also plays hockey and track.

But it's not just about sports. Jordan has a 3.85 grade point average. He is also involved in the community through the National Honor Society and his local church.


Jessi Krause of Edgar is another standout cross country and track athlete. Jessi is the lone represenative from Edgar at this weekend's state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

She is also a grade A student.

48,000 seniors applied for the award throughout the nation.

Next week, one male and one female will be named state winners. The national winner will be announced in December.

National finalists and the overall winner will earn money for their respective high schools.


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That means there can be a lot of extra traffic.

Wisconsin State Patrol makes sure it's ready for the holiday.

It has more people staffed on busy holiday weekends.

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"The cold days this week made the berries ripen much slower than normal," says Andy Merry, owner of Merry's Berries.

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The proposal is part of the state budget, which has yet to become law.

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Police prepare for 4th of JulySubmitted: 07/03/2015

MINOCQUA - You can find tourists all over the Northwoods already for the holiday weekend.

That means area police departments are busy making sure everyone stays safe.

The Minocqua Police Department has all of their officers working extended hours on July 4th, but the police chief says they worry more about safety than law enforcement.

"[The] 4th of July is more family-oriented," says Minocqua Chief of Police Dave Jaeger. "You have a lot of families down there with their children, so we're down there to make sure that it's a safe environment."

Places like Minocqua will be packed with people this weekend, so police just want to make sure holiday events go on safely.

"We mainly focus on, during the parade, we do the re-route, and we have officers on the parade route in case there's any type of issues or accidents that may occur, that we have to respond to," says Jaeger.

The Minocqua Police Department also works with the chamber of commerce and public works to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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33 year old Latoya Wolf faces a charge of being a party to a murder in Rhinelander. The murder happened in 2003.

The Tomahawk woman is the niece of Kenneth Wells, the man who was killed. Police found Wells dead in the Wisconsin River in 2003.

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