- Tuesday was opening night of regionals in girls basketball. Some Northwoods teams actually wait until Friday to begin play. But it was still a busy night on the hardwood.
In Division 2, Lakeland hosted Rhinelander. Lakeland up by 4 at halftime, and led by 10 points in the 3rs quarter. However Rhinelander rallied, as Sydney Smith hit 2 free throws late to give the Hodags a 39-38 win.
Rhinelander travels to Medford on Friday.
In Division 3, Northland Pines has only lost once going into regionals. In fact, the Eagles were orginally awarded the #4 seed and would have played on Friday. However Oconto Falls won an appeal of the pairings.
Northland Pines hosted Tomahawk on Tuesday. After a slow start for both teams, the Eagles proved to be too much. Northland Pines advanced with 49-35 victory. Abby Alft led the Eagles with 13 points.
Northland Pines now travels to Oconto Falls on Friday.
Crandon proved to have little trouble against Crivitz Tuesday night. The Cardinals knocked off Crivitz 48-27. Crandon plays at Coleman on Friday.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander community‚Ä"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
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