IN OTHER NEWS
- Bill Makris taught P.E. at Rhinelander High School for 30 years. But he's since shifted his time to teaching summer camps. RHINELANDER
"These are kids that want to be here," said Makris.
The camps aren't your typical workshops or outdoor activities. "Strength training, speed development, agility," said Makris. He helps younger kids concentrate on attainable athletic goals. "I do like running track and cross country so I want to increase my speed ability," said Rhinelander 8th grader, Sage Flory.
- After nearly 40 years as a pharmacist, Tom Welke has been robbed, threatened at gunpoint, and had his pharmacy burgled. RHINELANDER "It just kind of goes along with the job, in a way," Welke said in Rhinelander's Apothecary Pharmacy on Thursday afternoon. One of the main reasons lately for those crimes tends to be people trying to get their hands illegally on pseudoephedrine pills, which they can use to make meth.
- Nicolet College's Motorcycle Basic Rider Course teaches folks to safely hit the road on their bike. RHINELANDER The class is in full swing for the season. Nicolet College Rider Coach Mike Murray says even experienced riders can use a "safety brush-up" this time of year. Riders should always wear their helmet, long pants and shirts, gloves, and boots. It's also important to keep your eyes moving for critters that come out of the woods,especially deer. "If you know you're going to hit it: let off your brakes, hit it with your handle bars straight ahead looking straight ahead so that your bike stays straight up," says rider coach Mike Murray.
- Thursday, volunteers faced mosquitos, ticks and rain to conserve 96 acres of land. LAC DU FLAMBEAU The Marshall Wildlife Conservation Center in Lac du Flambeau hosted a volunteer work day to dismantle a deteriorating pier and platform on a new conservation land donation. Northwoods Land Trust Executive Director Bryan Pierce says the land has a creek and pond with many swans and beavers. "We're going to be installing a brand new pier, so it will be a real nice wildlife observation area for people to look at the water, the swans and cranes," said Pierce.
- One hundred years ago, Finland gained its independence from Russia. As part of Finland's birthday, a sauna will travel the United States. MERRILL On Thursday, the traveling sauna stopped in Merrill. Since January, the sauna has been traveling around the country.
- Firefighters had to rescue a man after his minivan became wedged in a drawbridge in downtown Green Bay. GREEN BAY, WI Officials say the van got stuck between one of the opening spans and the fixed roadway on the Walnut Street Bridge early Thursday.
- June 22 makes it the 14th day of rainfall for us this month, and it's not been very convenient. CONOVER People all over northcentral Wisconsin have had to deal with storm damage or flooding in some way. Pioneer Lake in Conover has had a particularly tough time with flooding not only because of the rain, but also because of a dam upstream. "We've got 20 piers here, and they're floating away, they're underwater," said Maple View Resort and Campground Owner Tony Osiecki. "I've never seen it like this in fifty years." Osiecki blames the deluge of rain we've gotten in the past few weeks for the flooding in his resort. But he and many others on the lake also blame a dam upstream.