Pavelski helps Stevens Point youth hockey through golf
Story By Marisa Silvas
STEVENS POINT - It may be the offseason for NHL players, but Joe Pavelski's been keeping busy.
On Friday, the Plover native and 2-time Olympian hosted his 6th annual charity golf tournament.
Close to 130 golfers joined Joe on the links at the Stevens Point Country Club. There were hole prizes around the course, as well as various games and giveaways.
The proceeds from the tournament go toward the Stevens Point Youth Hockey Association.
Joe's list of hockey accomplishments continues to grow. This week he was named as a second team NHL All-Star.
The former Badger enjoys reconnecting with everyone on the course and supporting youth hockey.
"It's exciting for me to come back and see all the faces," Pavelski explains. "There are so many. We travel so much at the end of the year - we're away from family and friends. Then in the summer, we're in Madison. You don't get to see as many people as you would like. It's special. Donations go to youth hockey (in Stevens Point). You see how important it is for the kids to play. There are so many good people involved, it's a great cause."
This year's tourney didn't disappoint. It continues to grow and gives people the chance to get to know Pavelski off the ice.
We'll have more on the event Wednesday, July 2 in our "Northwoods Spotlight."
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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