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Merrill wrestling star ready to join BadgersSubmitted: 03/18/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

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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."


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Medical College of Wisconsin to do concussion studySubmitted: 12/17/2014

MADISON - The Medical College of Wisconsin will help study concussions for the Defense Department.

The school got a four-year federal grant of more than 5-million dollars.

Concussions have become common injuries on battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in professional and youth sports.

The study will initially include about 900 athletes from 10 local high schools and two local colleges.

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Veterans thanked for services and donations to diabetic institute Submitted: 12/16/2014

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RHINELANDER - Veterans could get a good meal in Rhinelander Tuesday night. Volunteers thanked them for their service and for donating to a health institute.

"To have someone like Michelle and her volunteers to come forward and give us a dinner based on us being veterans is really special," said VFW Post 3143 Commander Jim Pederson.

37 veterans could thank a dozen volunteers for a nice home cooked meal Tuesday night, but Michelle Fenske couldn't have thanked VFW Post 3143 enough for donating to the Schulze Diabetes Institute in Minnesota.

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Northwoods ice arena assures clean air at its facility Submitted: 12/16/2014

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That won't happen at one Northwoods ice rink. That's because Rhinelander Ice Arena has a battery powered ice resurfacer.

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Expansion plan announced by Granite Peak leaders Submitted: 12/16/2014

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They think expanding its hill is the way to go.

Granite Peak will be asking the Department of Natural Resources to expand its ski area.

They announced the plans in a press conference earlier today.

Granite Peak leases more than 1600 acres in Rib Mountain State Park.

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Walker in July during his re-election campaign called on the Legislature to repeal the standards covering what students should know in the subjects of math and English. Walker said then he wanted them replaced with something Wisconsin-specific.

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Study: Teens turning to e-cigs over traditional cigarettesSubmitted: 12/16/2014

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RHINELANDER - For the first time, a national study shows more teenagers use e-cigarettes instead of cigarettes, according to the University of Michigan Monitoring the Future study released Tuesday.

The study, in its 40th year, looks at substance trends of young Americans in 8th, 10th and 12th grade. More than 40,000 students across the U.S. participate in the survey.

E-cigarettes are relatively new to the study. The product itself is relatively new as well. It creates a vapor that you inhale. Typically, this vapor contains nicotine, although the specific contents of the vapor are proprietary and are not regulated, according to the release.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to take up some Governor Walker related John Doe casesSubmitted: 12/16/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases stemming from a John Doe investigation of fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative groups backing him.

The court on Tuesday accepted a legal challenge from two targets of the probe; a separate lawsuit from those two targets and another; and an action by special prosecutor Francis Schmitz to try to reinstate subpoenas that were quashed by the judge overseeing the investigation.

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