RHINELANDER - A Trio of Northwoods hockey Players are part of a history making team. Their dream season is taking them to California.
Kelly Knetter of Wausau on the left, Katie Detert of Rhinlander in the middle and Tomahawk's Nicole Nerva are members of Team Wisconsin's U16 team.
Earlier this month, Team Wisconsin won both the state and Central District Playoffs. That means the team earned their first ever trip to the USA Hockey National Championships.
The Championships are in San Jose. Pool Play begins next week.
The young ladies are excited to play against the Nation's best.
"It's good to play against the top competition and see where I stack up against them," says Detert. "There will be college coaches there from Division One and D-3 Schools."
"Being the first girls team to go is exciting," adds Nerva. "Many of the other teams play together all-year long. We don't practice together. So we have to come together and talk to each other when we're playing."
RHINELANDER - We expect trees on our property to suffer when it gets very dry, but for tree health, drought severity may not be as important as another factor. Researchers for the U.S. Forest Service have been studying the impacts of drought on trees across the Midwest, including the Northwoods. One ecologist at the Northern Research Station in Rhinelander found surprising results.
"It was the length of drought that was more important than determining the severity," explained Northern Research Station Ecologist Dr. Eric Gustafson. "Trees have the ability to survive droughts by drawing on their energy reserves, and when the drought is long, those energy reserves get depleted."
MINOCQUA - Too many times, Minocqua-area fishing guide Greg Bohn has heard the stories of tragedy.
A parent on Wisconsin waters jumps in to try to rescue their child, who is in the water without a life jacket. But the parent, also not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD), drowns, even if the child survives.
It happened in July on Shawano Lake in Shawano County, and on Minocqua Lake a few years ago.
"Accidents can happen in seconds, and there's total chaos and emergency," Bohn says while touring Minocqua Lake on his fishing boat.
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