WESTON - In January, Gary Andersen was hired as Wisconsin's new head coach. Wednesday night Andersen and his coaching staff are in Weston meeting area Badger fans.
The event was a fund-raiser for the North Central Mendotta Club. Ultimately raising money for the Badgers Football Program.
Anderson of course is taking over the program, after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. The new coach was glad to have a chance and connect with area Badger fans. He's also happy with the team he has to work with.
"Tremendous kids," Andersen praised about his team. "Tremendous work ethic. Education is important to them."
Excitement was in the air for the new coach, and the upcoming season. The proud parents of some the players are impressed with the direction the coach has the team heading.
Jeff Hemer is the father of Medford native Ethan Hemer, a Badgers defensive lineman. Jeff had high praise for Andersen.
"Everyone is is love with Coach Andersen," says Hemer. "I think he might be a home run for the Wisconsin Badger football program."
RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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