ANTIGO - Katie Detert set the program record for single-season goals fewer than two minutes into the game, and she finished with a hat trick to lead Northern Edge to a 7-3 victory over Medford Saturday night at the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building.
Detert’s three goals put her at 34 for the season, surpassing Nikki Kloes’ Northern Edge record set in 2009.
“It just shows how much hard work she puts in, and how much she does in the offseason,” Edge co-coach Jon Forster said after the game.
Two other players had two goals apiece for the Edge, as Lauren Smith made improved her goal total to 22 on the season and Grace Hogar got her first two goals.
The Edge fired 40 shots on Medford goalie Makayla Hanson, while Shea Petersen saved 18 of Medford’s 21 shots.
“She played okay. She’s pretty sick. She was having a tough time before the game, and that’s why those two floaters went in,” Forster said of Petersen.
The win keeps Northern Edge in position to seek a Great Northern Conference championship, with games against league frontrunners Northland Pines and Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids coming up next week.
On Saturday, the Edge faced Medford for the second time in a week. Coming off a 11-1 win against the Raiders on Tuesday, they netted four goals in the first period and added a fifth before Medford got on the board.
“It was nice to get out there and get a quick lead,” Forster said.
Lizzy Lemke scored in the second period and Sienna Demulling had goals just 16 seconds apart in the third period to account for the Raiders’ scoring.
Medford went 1-3 on power plays, while the Edge scored on just one of five.
“I thought our penalty kill was great. I thought our power play needs to be a little more crisp,” Forster said.
Northern Edge will face conference leader Northland Pines in Eagle River on Monday evening. A win for the Edge would slide them into a tie in the loss column with the Eagles.
“We’re looking forward to that game, because we didn’t have one of our better skaters, Taylor Trachte was out the first time. We’re looking to go up there, and get ahead quick,” Forster said.
The Edge will return to the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building to close the regular season against third-place Point-Rapids on Thursday.
UPDATE: Police believe they made right choice in Nerf gun tickets
WAUSAU - UPDATE: 5:52pm 4/24/2014
Police believe they made the right choice handling a report of gunmen near a high school in Wausau Tuesday night.
They found out the gunmen were actually six kids playing a game with toy Nerf guns.
Police eventually ended up giving the high school seniors disorderly conduct tickets.
Some people thought the tickets were excessive, but in a press release in released Thursday by the Wausau Police Department said they "believed there was a serious, potentially life threatening situation".
Someone called the Wausau police around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The person said there were people pointing guns at other people in a car.
Police say they handled the situation different than a traffic stop because of the seriousness of the call.
After police got all the seniors out of the car, they saw the nerf guns.
The teens got the disorderly conduct citations because police say they caused a disruption in the neighborhood.
Leaders at Wausau West High School said in a statement that there's "potential in a game like this for negative consequences."
Some of the students have also been placed on athletic probation.
Six kids got tickets after a battle using toy Nerf guns in Wausau.
Police issued disorderly conduct citations to the high school seniors.
Some residents of Wausau called police when they saw the young people pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night.
But, it was only a toy Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets.
Wausau West High School officials have also placed some students on athletic probation.
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RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts don’t know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses don’t get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
Dane County judge to hear Planned Parenthood lawsuit
MADISON - A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.
The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.
Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
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