RHINELANDER - On Monday, a familiar sight was back at the first track practice of the season for the Hodags.
No, not the sun and 50 degree weather - although that was great to see too.
It was the return of Brad Vick as one of the coaches for the boy's team.
Vick was involved with Rhinelander track from 2008-2011. That included being the girls head coach. The last two seasons, he was not involved due to family matters.
Rod Olson coached the last two years. However, Olson decided to step down. Lack of time needed to commit to the sport was among the reasons.
Vick's team includes two state representatives from last year. Ryan Nehls finished fourteenth in the 100. And Vince Berry tied for eighth in the pole vault.
Vick says it's great to be back.
"I can't wait to have these athletes compete at a high level," Vick explains. "Hopefully, compete back at state again this year. Having guys that have been there before and knows what it takes to make it to state - I know they'll show it on the track again this year."
"Everyday is going to be a little different, but everyday (Vick) is going to push us," Hodag senior Vince Berry adds. "This year I believe we'll only have one meet per week. So we'll have a little more time to prepare and get going. Hopefully, we'll be more prepared for meets this year."
Megan Wagner is the new girls track coach for the Hodags. Rhinelander opens the indoor season at the Merill Invite on March 27th.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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