RHINELANDER - Rhinelander High School's mock trial team placed in the top ten in the nation this year.
The team finished eighth in the national competition in Madison this past weekend. The team prepares all year to compete at the regional and state level.
Once they advanced to the national level they only had 5 weeks to memorize, strategize, and prepare.
"The preparations for the national tournament is intense," Michael Bloom, Mock trial team legal advisor. "It involves getting together six days a week for the students after school every day, the team also gets together at least once every weekend usually on Sunday for a practice that goes 3 hours or so."
46 teams competed in the national tournament. The team was surprised to make it so far.
"Each step of the way has been a complete surprise for us," says Erin Tenderholt, Rhinelander High School junior. "When we made it into the finals at state we didn't see that coming and when we won state we were in disbelief."
"Then going in we really wanted to make it a top 10 but we didn't necessarily think it was feasible, so when we got 8th in the nation we just couldn't believe it," says Tenderholt.
Seattle Washington Preparatory School won the national tournament this year. Rhinelander won the national tournament back in 1989.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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