IN OTHER NEWS
- The first annual Legionnaire Mud Challenge made its way to Crandon Saturday. CRANDON The International Off-Road Raceway welcomed nearly 200 participants ready to get down and dirty. Men and women of all ages were brought together by the desire to work up a sweat. "There's not a lot of opportunities like this in the northwoods, so it's always great to see one pop up," said Justin Lund. He's an experienced obstacle course athlete and came in first in the men's 10k. And for the women, Sheila Reynolds also took first place. "It's fun and then you get other people running and you're encouraging them along in a way. It's just a great atmosphere," said Reynolds. Athletes participating in the mud challenge had the option of running as an individual or on a team. When registering, they chose between the 5k or 10k. Not only are these athletes getting all muddy as they're going through the race, they also have to climb over obstacles like these barrels of hay. Some of the obstacles included a tire wall, slip n' slide, and muddy wet puddles to get through. "I talked to a lot of the runners before we went and they said that the obstacles were tough and they really liked the course," said Beaver, one of four runners on a team. Beaver and The Boys completed the course with only a few setbacks along the way. "I lost my shoe in the middle of it and had to go back and find it," he said. Athletes had to get up and over more than 15 obstacles throughout the race. All the money raised will go to the Northwoods United Way and American Cancer Society. The second annual Legionnaire Mud Challenge will take place next year.
- Gov. Scott Walker has appointed attorney Dan Kelly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. MADISON Walker's spokesman Tom Everson told The Associated Press on Friday that the governor had decided to name Kelly to the seven-member court. Kelly will replace retiring Justice David Prosser. His appointment won't change the court's 5-2 conservative majority, however.
- Emergency responders save lives and build trust in the community. RHINELANDER And now the Rhinelander Police Department has a new member of that team after swearing in a new officer Friday morning.
- During the summer months, camps look forward to welcoming campers and counselors. RHINELADER But they certainly don't look forward to those hot and humid days that make it hard to enjoy being outdoors. This week, Rhinelander's Camp Birchrock has focused on keeping its campers cool all day long.
- We finally did it. We hit 90 degrees Thursday, July 21st, for the first time in almost three years. RHINELANDER
- State attorneys have asked a federal judge to stay a ruling allowing people to vote without photo identification in November's election pending an appeal. MADISON In Milwaukee this week, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.
- Hunters, biologists, and wildlife watchers worry about the low deer population in northern Wisconsin. CRYSTAL FALLS, L'ANSE But in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the situation is even worse. Wildlife biologists say nearly every single fawn died after the harsh winters of 2012 and 2013, further hurting a struggling herd. In fact, the population has been on the decline since 1995.