RHINELANDER - In boys swimming Thursday night, Lakeland was in Rhinelander for a Great Northern Conference duel meet.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Lakeland's Nick Garcia finishes it for the T-Birds as they won the event. He was also a member of Lakeland's winning 200 yard freestyle relay. Garcia took the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard freestyle.
Rhinelander's Jake Zalewski won the 100-yard breaststroke for the Hodags.
Lakeland won the meet 106-58. The T-Birds are now (2-0) in conference duel meets.
We'll have more on Lakeland on Friday Night Blitz.
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."
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.
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.
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