Statewide magazine honors Rhinelander middle schoolersSubmitted: 01/23/2014
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

Statewide magazine honors Rhinelander middle schoolers
RHINELANDER - Readers of Wisconsin Outdoor News magazine could find two different writings by
local students in their latest issue.

Both are by eighth graders at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.

Tyler Fredrick won first prize in a statewide poetry competition for his poem,
"The Message of Winter".

The project started as a joint assignment from his eighth grade teachers.

"I was kind of thinking, hey, this would be cool to enter. Chances are I
probably won't win, but it would be pretty cool if I did win," Tyler said.

The contest challenged students to write poems or prose about outdoor experiences.

Tyler took first prize statewide.

"I live in Rhinelander. It's really cold here. I might as well do winter.
That's how I came up with 'The Message of Winter'," he said.

"Tyler's writing really stood out in the fact that he had all of the types of
figurative language - similies, metaphors, personification. It was a really
neat representation of what we've been doing in class," said eighth grade
English teacher Karie Blemke.

Rhinelander eighth grader Grace Payfer took second prize in the prose division
with her work, "Springtime's Gift".

She wrote about her family's tradition of collecting maple sap in the woods.

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MERRILL - Police say a Stevens Point man tried to pay to have sex 15-year-old girl. 
Police arrested Leo Pelot, 67, on Tuesday. 

According to a criminal complaint, an undercover agent with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posed as the 15-year-old's aunt. 

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EAGLE RIVER - Kids face bullying in schools all the time.

That's one reason why the Eagle River elementary school holds its annual Great Kindness Challenge Week.

It's part of a nationwide challenge involving nearly 10,000 schools.

This year's kindness week in Eagle River wrapped up Friday with a musical assembly with Dave Dall.

Throughout the week, students were challenged to do random acts of kindness.

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CRANDON - Planners in Tomahawk dreamed about a bike loop around the city starting in the early 2000s.

Two decades later, it's finally about to happen.

After more than 15 years of negotiation, the city bought a critical piece of land from the Canadian National railroad.

It will allow the city to start building a 4.6 mile bike loop around the city.

"It's a win-win for everybody. There was a little frustration from by position, but you just...kept your foot on the gas through the whole process," said Tomahawk Public Works Director John Cole.

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RHINELANDER - Kathie Woodford keeps track of each time she donates blood.  Her visit to a Rhinelander blood drive on Friday marked her 26th pint.

"I just recently got my third gallon," Woodford said.

The universal donor (Woodford has O-negative blood) likes to give as often as she can, but Friday's blood drive was one she simply couldn't miss.

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The Crandon School Board voted unanimously Friday evening to change the wording of superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder's absence from the district.

Kryder is now on "paid administrative leave." Originally, he had been "suspended with pay."

The board said it made the change based on advice of its lawyer. The board met for two and a half hours in closed session on Friday.

Kryder is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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Ellen Tran's trial is expected to start with jury selection on October 19.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County will hold an information meeting to share information about a sexually violent offender that will soon be released.

Gregory Loomis, 43, sexually assaulted two children in 1988 and 1992.

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