Northwoods Spotlight - Pond Hockey ChampionshipsSubmitted: 02/12/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

EAGLE RIVER - More than 2,300 pond hockey players made their way to Dollar Lake - just outside
of Eagle River. The annual Pond Hockey Championships featured 336 teams playing
on 31 rinks.

"This is our ninth year playing in Eagle River," tournament manager Scott
Albrich of USA Hockey explains. "It's the best weather we've had."

Many teams were from the Northwoods. Including "Range Beverage" out of Hurley.
They finished second in the 30+ silver division. Cory and Ryan Moderson are
brothers on the team. Cory's family enjoys watching him play. 5-year old Devin
is watching dad play for the first time.

"Cool," Devin said. "I never saw him play before."

"This is his first time," Cory Moderson - Devin's dad adds. "He's probably
going to want to go out there after seeing dad play."

Cory's wife Mae says it's amaizing watching the change in her husband when he
steps on the ice.

"He's a completely different person," Mae explains. "Not the guys who is
sitting on the couch. He's out there like an animal or a teenager playing
hockey with his brother."

It's not just the men getting in on the fun. "Up Yours" is one of the 40
women's teams. They're from Houghton, MI. All of these players are older than 50.

"We can't take the down side of life," Shelley Farrey points out. "We figured
we've got to make the best of everyday. Last year we decided to form a team.
Played against kids we could have given birth to. It was tough. If they had a
38 and over division, we would be the only ones out there."

"Very exciting to see hockey being played in it's purest form," Albrich adds.
"Chance for players to go back to when they were kids. Going outside and just

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MERRILL - Merrill residents might have heard a lot of music in town today.

Merrill High School hosted the Merrill Marching Invitational. Three high school marching bands took over the football field at Merrill High School Sunday.

Antigo, D.C. Everest, and Merrill high schools all showcased their musical creativity.

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MILWAUKEE - A published report says unauthorized improvements have been made to a footpath on state land that a donor to Gov. Scott Walker has been trying to buy.

A spokesman for business executive Elizabeth Uihlein acknowledged that workers at her adjoining property may have cleaned up the trail slightly.

But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Z18WU8 ) reports those who have seen the trail say the improvements are significant.

Uihlein is seeking to buy 1.75 acres along Rest Lake, where the footpath is located. But a tentative deal with the Department of Natural Resources was put on hold after critics raised questions.

A DNR spokesman says the agency inspected the site on Thursday and found an "established trail." He declined to say whether the department had talked to Uihlein or her representatives.

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EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River hosted its 36th annual Cranberry Fest during October's first weekend.

Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

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RHINELANDER - Harvest Hoedown started Saturday at noon at the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander.

The event featured a hay maze, horse-drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

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NEKOOSA - People in Nekoosa could go back in time this weekend.

Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp that portrayed the lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. had a piece of history to share.

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MERRILL - Firefighters need to be prepared to rescue people from more than just fires.

People can get trapped in tree stands, water, or a tight spot. 

Local fire departments respond to those emergencies.

Merrill's first Citizen's Fire Academy learned about these specialized rescues Thursday night.

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Almond-Bancroft 61, Tigerton/Marion 6

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Antigo 42, Lakeland 28

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