MERRILL - Earlier this month, the high school wrestling career for Merrill senior Tyler Schmidt ended with a second state championship.
Schmidt successfully defended his Division One 220-pound championship at the state individual tournament in Madison.
Over the last two seasons, Schmidt won nearly 100 matches and lost only one. That includes two victories at the state team tournament the following weekend.
Schmidt's impressive record and skills are among several reasons why the Wisconsin Badgers recruitted him. Schmidt signed with the Badgers last fall.
After winning his second state title - Schmidt was ecstatic as he summed up his senior year.
"Coming into the season, I felt a lot of pressure," Schmidt explains. "Undefeated and won a state championship. I felt I had to do it all over again. Late in the season, I lost. I bounced back from it and learned from my mistakes."
He is also the Newswatch 12 Player of the Year in wrestling for the second straight year.
It's believed Schmidt could red-shirt next year to possibly prepare to compete for the Badgers as a heavyweight.
"I look forward to a lot of fun and hard work," Schmidt adds. "The Badgers have been very nice to me the past few months. I plan on making them happy for five years."
RHINELANDER - Our nervous system controls the whole show when it comes to our bodies, especially how they feel.
Chiropractic care is one method people use to keep that system moving.
Hometown Chiropractic is new to Rhinelander, but it's no stranger to the Northwoods; its main location is in Tomahawk. People might think traumas like slipping on ice or car accidents are the only reasons to see a chiropractor.
Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash says you don't need to be injured to come in.
"We want to get those misalignments checked. Sometimes they don't show up as a major pain symptom.
They show up as something smaller and less obvious," says Dr. Grace.
Dr. Grace says she sees babies as soon as one day old.
That's because nervous system issues should be treated sooner rather than later.
"We as adults know that they don't feel good. We want the best for our kids and we don't want to see them go through that," says Dr. Grace.
Hometown Chiropractic always accepts new patients.
EAGLE RIVER - Last year, Lakeland Union High School told us there should be more solar panel projects like Lakeland's across the country. Now, that school will soon have a neighboring district with a similar solar array.
Northland Pines plans to start installing a major solar project next month. Pines first started exploring a solar plan years ago.
MILWAUKEE - Relatives of man who died of dehydration at the Milwaukee County jail last year have filed another federal lawsuit for his death.
The lawsuit filed Monday on the behalf of the estate of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas says he lost 34 pounds during the week he was left in his cell without water in April 2016. It's the second lawsuit his family has filed against Sheriff David Clarke, members of his staff, and the county.
EAGLE RIVER - A 40,000 square-foot addition designed to last 100 years opens up in less than two weeks. A number of Vilas County offices are set to move into the courthouse expansion in Eagle River on August 24th and 25th.
Construction on the building started in August 2016. The $11 million project stayed on budget and had just one week's worth of delays. That was due to getting a proper air handling unit shipped and installed.
"There was a lot of common sense and practicality that went into the design, but we've also designed for the future," county clerk Dave Alleman said. "We all certainly hope that there needs to be no more additions like this for Vilas County government."
MERRILL - In July, 24-year-old Cody Jenson told his ex-fiancee he planned to slit another man's throat, according to text messages read by police.
Later on, prosecutors believe Jenson stabbed that man 11 times near Tomahawk, sending the victim to the hospital.
On Monday, we heard from one of the officers investigating the case. Lincoln County Sheriff's Lt. Chad Collinsworth said Jenson went to the victim's Tomahawk-area home in a dispute over a woman, Jenson's ex-fiancee. Jenson sent text messages to his ex-fiancee that gave clues about what he might do.
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