GREEN BAY - It's a new venue for the state girls basketball tournament. The tournament will be played in Green Bay for the next 2 years.
A pair of area teams played in the very first game of the tourney.
In the Division 5 semifinals, Newman Catholic face Wisconsin Rapids Assumption. Both teams from the Marawood Conference. In fact, Newman Catholic handed Assumption their only loss this season.
But the Royals avenged that loss on Thursday, with a 60-37 victory over Newman Catholic.
Mary Sigler had a double-double for Assumption, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gena Grundhoffer added 15 points for the Royals.
Assumption (23-1) will face Barneveld (23-1) in Saturday's Division 5 Championship game.
Kimberley Steif led Newman Catholic (15-9) with 8 points.
In the Division 3 semis Friday morning, undefeated Niellsville faces East Troy. They're the top two ranked teams in the state. Niellsville won the D-4 crown last season, but moved up a division this year.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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