ANTIGO - Katie Detert set the program record for single-season goals fewer than two minutes into the game, and she finished with a hat trick to lead Northern Edge to a 7-3 victory over Medford Saturday night at the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building.
Detert's three goals put her at 34 for the season, surpassing Nikki Kloes' Northern Edge record set in 2009.
"It just shows how much hard work she puts in, and how much she does in the offseason," Edge co-coach Jon Forster said after the game.
Two other players had two goals apiece for the Edge, as Lauren Smith made improved her goal total to 22 on the season and Grace Hogar got her first two goals.
The Edge fired 40 shots on Medford goalie Makayla Hanson, while Shea Petersen saved 18 of Medford's 21 shots.
"She played okay. She's pretty sick. She was having a tough time before the game, and that's why those two floaters went in," Forster said of Petersen.
The win keeps Northern Edge in position to seek a Great Northern Conference championship, with games against league frontrunners Northland Pines and Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids coming up next week.
On Saturday, the Edge faced Medford for the second time in a week. Coming off a 11-1 win against the Raiders on Tuesday, they netted four goals in the first period and added a fifth before Medford got on the board.
"It was nice to get out there and get a quick lead," Forster said.
Lizzy Lemke scored in the second period and Sienna Demulling had goals just 16 seconds apart in the third period to account for the Raiders' scoring.
Medford went 1-3 on power plays, while the Edge scored on just one of five.
"I thought our penalty kill was great. I thought our power play needs to be a little more crisp," Forster said.
Northern Edge will face conference leader Northland Pines in Eagle River on Monday evening. A win for the Edge would slide them into a tie in the loss column with the Eagles.
"We're looking forward to that game, because we didn't have one of our better skaters, Taylor Trachte was out the first time. We're looking to go up there, and get ahead quick," Forster said.
The Edge will return to the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building to close the regular season against third-place Point-Rapids on Thursday.
WAUSAU - Drugs led to four arrests and one death in north-central Wisconsin on Monday.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports a 37-year-old Shawano man died after apparently overdosing on methamphetamine.
Witnesses say 37-year-old Lucas Groshek and his wife, Carolyn, were shaking and convulsing in a car in the eastern Marathon County town of Norrie. Mr. Groshek died before getting to the hospital. Mrs. Groshek, 33, is in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
Several Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have said they're not ready to vote.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he supports Johnson on this.
"We've given Senator Johnson some suggestions," Walker said. "I think he wants to vote for it, he made the promise when he ran in '10 and then last year in 2016 that he would vote to repeal it, he wants to do that, he just wants to make sure that the repeal ultimately ends up serving the people of Wisconsin well."
Both Democratic and Republican senators say they have issues with the bill.
Some Republicans say the bill doesn't get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats worry about Medicaid cuts.
Walker says he wants Wisconsin to continue to do what it does well in healthcare.
"What I've asked Senator Johnson is help us do the things we've been successful at," Walker said. "We're a top ten state when it comes to access for healthcare for citizens, we're a top ten state with the quality of our healthcare systems. We want to maintain that going forward."
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the new bill would cause 22 million Americans to be uninsured.
Johnson put out a statement Tuesday saying he was glad there won't be a vote this week.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
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