PARK FALLS - The best running coach in the area comes from tiny Park Falls.
Chequamegon High School'S Mary Patterson recently claimed the title of 2012 District Coach of the Year for Cross Country.
The award is decided by votes from other coaches in the 66-school district.
This adds to the Track and Field coach of the Year honors she earned back in the spring of 2012.
Both of her squads won regional championship titles and 5-boys medalled in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athlete Association Track Meet. Her Cross Country team also finished 3rd in the WIAA State Cross Country Meet.
The list of awards keeps going for Chequamegon High School Track and Cross Country. Senior Jordan Koski was also named the District-1 Runner of the Year.
The Cross Country Squad also finished 2nd in the state with a team GPA of 3.8.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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