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.
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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