STEVENS POINT - The WIAA announced the 32 finalists for the annual Statewide Scholar Athlete Awards.
That list includes 6 area seniors.
In Division 2 Boys, Tomahawk's Austin Bellile has 8 varisty letters in football, wrestling and track. He's also the top student in his class.
In Division 3 Boys, Hayden Krueger of Crandon is also the top student in his class. Krueger has earned 11 varsity letters in wrestling, football, and track. He was also a state finalist for the Wisconsin Heisman award back in October.
A boy and a girl in each of the four divisions will win. The winners will be announced May 5 in Wausau.
Below are the bios of other area athletes who are finalists.
In Division 3 Girls, DITTMAN, KIRA; Edgar; Edgar High School—10 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. State champion in track 3 years. All conference first team honors in cross country 3 years. Team MVP in track 1 year. #1 in class of 47.
Division 2 Girls, SCHOOL, MEGAN; Wittenberg; Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School—11 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. All conference first team honors in cross country 4 years. Team MVP honors in track 2 years and cross country 1 year. #1 in class of 95.
Finally, 2 of the 4 finalists for Division 4 Girls are from the area. GOERLITZ, ALEYNA; Withee; Owen-Withee High School—11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track. First team all conference honors in volleyball 3 years and basketball 1 year. Two-time team MVP in volleyball, basketball and track. #1 in class of 41.
JANKOWSKI, BRIANNA; Wausau; Newman Catholic High School—10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. Member of state champion basketball team 2 years. All conference first team honors in softball 3 years. Team MVP honors in softball 3 years.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
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