GREEN BAY - The Packers capped off the NFL draft today by adding more defense, some speed and making a Wisconsinite's dream come true.
Today started out with the Packers selecting Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford in fourth round.
Bradford can play every linebacker position and has played defensive end. At ASU he had 152 tackles, 21.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
The Pack had two picks in the fifth round. First was Corey Linsley a center from Ohio State.
Linsley will compete with JC Tretter and Garth Gerhart for the center job.
Next in the fifth was a very popular pick. Badger wide receiver Jared Abbrederis is staying in Wisconsin. He's originally from Wautoma and started his career as a walk on at Wisconsin. Plus he's rooted for the Packers his whole life.
Abbrederis scored 23 TDs in his Badger career.
He could also be a return option for the Packers.
In the 6th round Baylor cornerback Demetri Goodson was chosen by Green Bay.
And with their final pick, the Packers took another wide receiver, Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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