THE NORTHWOODS - A week and a half ago, the Nordic Ski Championships were in jeapordy of being moved from the Northwoods Since then, tons of snow has fallen and today hundreds of students hit the trails.
This is the first time Rhinelander has hosted the event since 2007. It's the equivalent of the state tourneys held down in Madison.
For the hometown team,on the boys side, Lou Bassette finished in 39th with the best time for the Hodags. And for the girls, Hillary Wall skied her way into 20th place.
The team from Lakeland had a great day on the course. Freshman Mack Fitzpatrick took fifth place and Will Bo-Davis, Michael Orlowski and Lucas Paulson all finished in the top 20.
For the ladies, Delaney FitzPatrick glided to a second place finish, Erin Bolger 8th and Sophia Annis 11th.
The skiers will be reseeded Sunday, based on today's finishes and race a freestyle pursuit for the state title.
To the mat... wrestling regionals were held today. Merrill hosted a division one group. The top 4 finishers in each weight class move on to sectionals.
In the championships, for the 160 class, Blue Jays Mason Reinhardt showed why he's ranked number one in the state. He got the sudden victory win over Jared Mataczynski.
Rhinelander's Conor Johnson won by decision 11-5 over Alex Klug in the 195.
And Merrill's Tyler Schmidt remains undefeated on the year after beating River Judd 7-1 for the 220 class.
Crandon held a D3 regional with the top 2 finishers moving on.
In the 126 class, Cardinals Hayden Krueger won by pin over Andrew Kelley in 1:05.
Laona/Wabeno's Robbie Rocole took the top spot for 138 pounds after pinning Kollin Champine in just 47 seconds.
In the 145, Hayden Krueger from Crandon got his 150th win today and beat Alec Smith by technical fall 16-0.
For the 160, Florence's Cole Dollar took a hard fought match 10-6 over Joey Johnson.
And for the big guys, Emerson Hegeman of Three Lakes got his 101st win and won by pin over Zack Timblin.
Find all the results including D2 on trackwrestling.com
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
MADISON - New state regulations designed to retain teachers are going into effect.
The package was published Tuesday. The provisions allow retired teachers or teachers nearing retirement to apply for a nonrenewable five-year license without submitting a professional development plan. They also increase the time that short-term substitute teachers can serve in the same assignment from 20 days to 45 days.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
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