Merrill wins Bluejay Challenge wrestling invite
- In high school wrestling on Saturday, Merrill hosted the Bluejay Challenge. It was a 24-team invite.
120 pounds - Antigo's Kirk Prince vs. Oconto. He gets the take down, he won by major decision. Red Robins placed 22nd.
170 pounds, Wittenberg-Birnamanwood's Sam Bowers collects a pin against Barron. The Chargers finished second in the team competition.
106 pounds, Merrill's Justin Mondeik gets a pin against Crandon. As Merrill won their invite with 511.5 points.
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Plan Announced to Boost Walleye Numbers
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Winning Lottery Ticket Sold in Rhinelander
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Unemployment Down for Most of State
- Some northwoods counties got left behind as unemployment rates IMPROVED almost everywhere in Wisconsin last month. MADISON The state Department of Workforce Development said yesterday that unemployment got worse in April in Price, Menominee and Calumet counties. Unemployment stayed the same in Iron and Langlade counties. Rates improved in the other 67 counties.
People with Disabilities Gain Job Skills in Northwoods
- People with disabilities deserve the same chance to find a job as anyone else. RHINELANDER Headwaters Incorporated in Rhinelander wants to help make sure that happens. Six people completed the Employability class at Headwaters this year. They were recognized for their work Wednesday at Nicolet College. The students in the class toured several workplaces in the area.
Accused Lac du Flambeau stabber faces attempted intentional homicide charge
- Thirty-year-old James Peterson faces a serious charge this week. EAGLE RIVER Peterson is accused of stabbing a 19-year-old man in Lac du Flambeau early Sunday morning. He made his initial appearance in court today. Prosecutors want to charge him with first degree intentional attempted homicide. Both he and the stabbing victim were treated at the hospital. The victim was taken to Ministry St. Joseph's in Marshfield for further treatment. Peterson remains in jail Wednesday night on $15,000 cash bond.
Weston man accused of 8th OWI
- If you drink and drive, don't expect to get away with it. Especially when you've already been caught seven other times. A Weston man is facing his eighth drunken driving charge. WAUSAU Twenty-nine year-old Cole Knapp appeared in Marathon County Court today. Prosecutors say an officer tried to pull Knapp over for a traffic violation May 11 when Knapp took off. Knapp eventually stopped and got out of his vehicle with his hands in the air. During a background check, Knapp fled on foot and was arrested a short time. He has seven previous OWI convictions dating back to 2002 in Bayfield, Ashland, Lincoln and Marathon counties.
Ministry Health Care to Cut Hundreds of Jobs
- Ministry Health Care plans to lay off several hundred employees, citing a drop in the number of patients and cuts in federal reimbursement levels. MILWAUKEE Ministry operates 15 hospitals and 47 clinics across Wisconsin. The facilities include Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield and Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point. Ministry spokesman Geoffrey Huys says about 225 to 250 employees will be cut, mainly through attrition and job eliminations.