Several area wrestlers in semifinals after day one at state Submitted: 02/27/2014
Several area wrestlers in semifinals after day one at state
Story By Joe Dufek

MADISON - Several wrestlers from the Northwoods headed to Madison with championship dreams. The Merrill Bluejays led the way with seven wrestlers competing at state.

At Division One 195 pounds, Rhinelander's Connor Johnson won is preliminary match against Green Bay Preble/East. However, he lost his quarterfinal match Thursday night.

At D-1 170 pounds, Merrill's David Pophal won both his matches. He'll wrestle in the semifinals Friday night.

D-1 126 pounds, Wausau West's Hunter Kuehl began with a pin fall victory against Burlington in the opening round. But he fell in the quarterfinals.

Other results include, Defending D-1 state champ Tyler Schmidt of Merrill is in the semifinals at 220.

In Division 3, Crandon's Morgan Krueger fell in the preliminaries at 132 pounds. However Grant Murray of Crandon reached the 285 quarterfinals.

Statford's Sam Wenzel earned a sudden victory decision at 106 pounds.

George Wolfe of Phillips lost in D-3 138 pound prelims.

To find the results of your favorite wrestler, select the link below.

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WIAA state wrestling results

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ARBOR VITAE - You won't want to wear your best clothes to one race in May.

Minocqua's Color Run Fundraiser is a 3K and 5K race for Arbor Vitae-Woodruff and MJ1 schools.

The race is one of the schools' biggest fundraisers for field trips, additional school supplies and equipment.

The Color Run raised almost $20,000 last year.

"It comes from all of the kids and their fundraising in the community, with the help of grandparents and parents and friends," says AVW Principal Rich Fortier.

The race will be at the Minocqua Park Complex on May 5.

To find out how to register, click below.

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RIB MOUNTAIN - A Wisconsin State Patrol Captain wants to know, who's ready to report for duty? The department is looking for  new cadets. But recruitment and training is no easy task.
"[It's] very hard to find qualified candidates. It's a struggle," said Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Adrian Logan.
Captain Logan wants five people to answer the call. 

The department's looking for new cadets who'll train to become state troopers.
However, the process of finding the right candidate is no easy task and takes dedication from both sides.
"It's a very extensive process," said Logan.
After passing a background check and interview, candidates will go through 12 weeks of field training, 26 weeks of training with an officer, then a yearlong probation period.
"You've got to be committed to it," said Logan.
The dedication for the role doesn't stop there. 

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NEW LONDON - New London police have sent pieces of candy from a St. Patrick's Day parade to the State Crime Laboratory to see if it's tainted.

Police warned people not to eat candy they got at Saturday's parade over concerns it may be contaminated. They received about 10 complaints about children and others developing temporary numbness or rash since Saturday.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department wants your help to purchase its next K-9 dog.

Their previous K-9, Drago, retired a few months ago and the department is now looking for a new one.

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CRANDON - A Crandon man pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual and physical abuse of children in Forest County Court Monday.

Matthew Christenson pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of child abuse recklessly causing harm. All charges are felonies. 

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VILAS AND ONEIDA COUNTIES - Oneida and Vilas Counties will close their snowmobile trails this week. 

Lincoln County will also close its remaining trails. Zones 2 and 3 are already closed. Zone 1 will close at midnight on Monday, March 19.

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In his 20 years with the Vilas County Jail, administrator Bill Weiss can count on two hands how many times an inmate got out earlier than they should.

"It's pretty rare," Weiss said.

Weiss needed to add to that tally last week.  The jail let Edward Chosa Junior go as a "free" man on March 13, however that wasn't his correct release date.

"It was a clerical mistake," Weiss said.

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