Hodag wrestling drops opener against RapidsSubmitted: 12/05/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

RHINELANDER - The Hodag wrestling team opened the season on Thursday night. It was also alumni night for Rhinelander. Bill Makris who graduated in 1970 was among the alumni recognized.

Rhinelander grappled against Wisconsin Rapids.

At 106 pounds, A.J. Eswein of Rapids in red against Rhinelander. Eswein with the pin.

At 113 pounds, Christian Smith for the Red Raiders gets a pin over the Hodags.

Patrick Spray likewise collected a pinfall victory for Wisconsin Rapids at 120 pounds.

Wisconsin Rapids finished as one of the better division one teams in the state last year. Looks like they reloaded for another great year.

Hodags fell 57-10.

Meanwhile, the Hodag boys swim team had their home opener Thursday night. Rhinelander faced Tomahawk.

Rhinelander won the duel - 88-72.

Hodag Sophomore Ethan Brown won the boys 50 and 100-yard free style events. He was also a member of the Hodags winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard free style relays.

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MERRILL - Merrill residents might have heard a lot of music in town today.

Merrill High School hosted the Merrill Marching Invitational. Three high school marching bands took over the football field at Merrill High School Sunday.

Antigo, D.C. Everest, and Merrill high schools all showcased their musical creativity.

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MILWAUKEE - A published report says unauthorized improvements have been made to a footpath on state land that a donor to Gov. Scott Walker has been trying to buy.

A spokesman for business executive Elizabeth Uihlein acknowledged that workers at her adjoining property may have cleaned up the trail slightly.

But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Z18WU8 ) reports those who have seen the trail say the improvements are significant.

Uihlein is seeking to buy 1.75 acres along Rest Lake, where the footpath is located. But a tentative deal with the Department of Natural Resources was put on hold after critics raised questions.

A DNR spokesman says the agency inspected the site on Thursday and found an "established trail." He declined to say whether the department had talked to Uihlein or her representatives.

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EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River hosted its 36th annual Cranberry Fest during October's first weekend.

Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

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RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event featured a hay maze, horse-drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

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NEKOOSA - People in Nekoosa could go back in time this weekend.

Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp that portrayed the lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. had a piece of history to share.

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MERRILL - Firefighters need to be prepared to rescue people from more than just fires.

People can get trapped in tree stands, water, or a tight spot. 

Local fire departments respond to those emergencies.

Merrill's first Citizen's Fire Academy learned about these specialized rescues Thursday night.

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Algoma 24, Sturgeon Bay 8

Almond-Bancroft 61, Tigerton/Marion 6

Amherst 56, Manawa 6

Antigo 42, Lakeland 28

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