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Pines' Senior Ramesh signs with BadgersSubmitted: 02/06/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

Pines' Senior Ramesh signs with Badgers
EAGLE RIVER - After months of talk... the wait is finally over.

Today was National Signing Day for Football and several other sports....

One of the biggest signings today, Northland Pines senior running back and linebacker Austin Ramesh officially signed with Wisconsin.

He's expected to be a linebacker with the Badgers.

Today with his family, coaches, teammates on hand, Austin signed with Wisconsin.


After Gary Anderson took over the Badgers program, he's glad to put all of the stress behind him. Playing for the Badgers is something he's wanted to do growing up in Eagle River.

Wisconsin also signed two other area athletes for the football team. Wisconsin Rapids senior offensive lineman Hayden Biegel joins his brother Vince. Also Merrill's Ben Hemer has committed to the Badgers as well as a prefered walk-on. He's the younger brother of Ethan Hemer, a starting defensive lineman. Ben is also expected to compete on the offensive line.

Other signings today include Rhinelander sending a trio of Hodags off. Ben Franson will play soccer for Viterbo, as will Claire Tracy at North Carolina - Pembroke. Meanwhile, Cody Knapp is headed to Concordia in the Twin Cities to play division two football.

And Lakeland's Delaney FitzPatrick has verbally committed to running cross country for Yale University. FitzPatrick finished seventh at the WIAA State Girls Cross Country Division 2 Race last fall.


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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/21/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The nice weather we've been having will get some people in the mood for a bonfire or a BBQ, but the fire danger is still very high for much of the Northwoods. We talk to a local paramedic and a meat market employee about the dangers and how to stay safe while grilling.

Black bear sightings become more common in the area this time of year. We'll give you tips on how to keep those hungry bears out of your neighborhood.

And we'll show you how the city of Rhinelander is letting residents "Walk with the Mayor."

We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A man robbed a store in Wisconsin Rapids at gunpoint Sunday night.

The police were called around 9:00 p.m. to Jimmy Johns on 8th street.

A man came in, showed his gun, and demanded money. The employee handed over the cash.

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WOODRUFF - Black bear sightings become more common this time of year.

As bears come out of hibernation, they tend to be pretty hungry.

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RHINELANDER - Spring clean ups get rid of the mess winter left behind.The Drs. Foster and Smith Dog Park in Rhinelander was no exception Sunday.About 20 volunteers helped with the 2nd annual dog park cleanup Sunday.

Park founder Tina Werres said people helped rake, blow and pile leaves and pines to clear the park for the dogs. 
 
"We like the base to be clean and nice and ready for the whole summer it makes it easier for the people to walk," said Werres. 

Werres says it's her responsibility to maintain the inside of the park.Some volunteers said since opening last year, the park has done so much for their community and they wanted to pay it forward. 

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RHINELANDER - Dozens of people suited up with helmets, and handle bars ready to participate in the fifth annual RASTA Rally in Rhinelander Sunday.

It was the first race of the season but racers say they were ready for the challenge.

"At the start you're really pushing hard, your heart rate is really getting up there [and] your legs are burning," said race competitor Adam Maki.

Maki competed in the seven mile race at the RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) Rally bike race in Rhinelander Sunday.

Dozens of people like Maki have looked forward to Sunday for months.

"This is one of the first mountain bike races of the year because some of the other ones got canceled because of the bad weather earlier in the year," said RASTA President Richard Reidinger.

Even though Maki was able to fly through the race, Reidinger said the trail was anything but easy.

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RHINELANDER - The process of applying to college can bring headaches and stress.
Paying for it once you're in is a bigger challenge. Rhinelander businesses and donors provided $300,000 to Rhinelander High School seniors to remove some of that financial weight in college.

The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation gave out 187 scholarships this year.
PR Chair Kelsey Thompson said the community's contribution shows the value it has in students' college education.

"This is a community that really stands behind these seniors and puts a vote of confidence in their futures and says that we as a community want to support them and believe in them," said Thompson. 

There were 90 student applicants and 87 recipients this year.

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CITY OF PORTAGE - At 9:53 AM Sunday The Portage Police Department received a call about a structure fire at the Historic Apartments on 207W. Cook St in the City of Portage. Officers found the hallways and staircase filled with heavy smoke. Officers started evacuating residents when they were told a young child was possibly trapped in an apartment on the fifth floor. 

Due to fire and smoke firefighters could not reach the child. Later firefighters were able to access the fifth floor and remove the child. The child was transported to Divine Savior Healthcare where the child passed away. 

Multiple residents at the Historic Apartments are currently displaced and receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. 

The fatal fire is currently under investigation by the Portage Police Department and the Portage Fire Department. 

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