MERRILL - The basketball season lasted just a dozen games for Merrill's Renee Sladek. The impact of her knee injury didn't stop her receiving accolades. She was named the Wisconsin Valley Conference Co-Player of the year in March.
Now she has verbally committed to playing basketball for Division One Northern Illinois University.
Kathi Bennett, the daughter of legendary Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett is the head coach at NIU.
Renee told Newswatch 12 on the phone Monday afternoon she like Kathi's coaching style and felt welcomed at NIU.
In 54 career games, Sladek has scored 712 career points, averaging 13.2 per game.
Renee also considered Toledo, Cleveland State, and Youngstown State - all Division One programs.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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