MERRILL - A Northwoods wrestler is Madison bound. Merrill senior Tyler Schmidt has signed to wrestle collegiately with the Wisconsin Badgers.
Schmidt is the defending Division One state champion at 220 pounds.
He was also the Wisconsin Nationals runner up in Greco wrestling earlier this year.
He's also a 3.5 student and is interested in a degree in Nuclear Engineering.
Tyler had some interest with Northern Illinois at first. However once Wisconsin called - he had to be a Badger.
"The academics and the way the campus is spread out," Schmidt says is what led to him choosing Wisconsin. "They're one of the beter programs in the nation. I'm just glad to be wrestling for them."
"Tyler is a big guy who wrestles like a small guy," Merrill head coach Scott Arneson explains. "He brings it. He goes out and tries to pin people. We love it because he is dangerous when he wrestles. Madison liked the fact he did do some extra summer wrestling. He placed second at Nationals. He's been at the higher level and compete at the high level."
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
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