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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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