RHINELANDER - Right now Hodag sophomore Luke Roberts is part of Rhinelander's track and field team.
But recently he made a trip to Madison because of his play in another sport.
Roberts made a visit with the Wisconsin Badgers football team. It was the second time he was in Madison. Neither one is considered an official visit.
Roberts is a tight end and linebacker with the Hodags.
He started every game last year for Rhinelander.
Luke said the Badgers encouraged him to keep working on his size and speed. Both are expected to help his forte - blocking as a tight end.
Although it's still very early to even make a final decision - the chance to potentially play for the team you have watched as a kid is pretty cool.
"I just love the facilities and the coaching staff," Roberts explains. "It's a great place to be... I watched them (the Badgers) since I was little. My grandfather is a big fan. My dad is a big fan. It's awesome."
Roberts has also been contacted by Michigan State, Yale, and Northwestern.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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