Rhinelander High School mock trial team places 8th in the nation
Story By Dan McKinney
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander High School's mock trial team placed in the top ten in the nation this year.
The team finished eighth in the national competition in Madison this past weekend. The team prepares all year to compete at the regional and state level.
Once they advanced to the national level they only had 5 weeks to memorize, strategize, and prepare.
"The preparations for the national tournament is intense," Michael Bloom, Mock trial team legal advisor. "It involves getting together six days a week for the students after school every day, the team also gets together at least once every weekend usually on Sunday for a practice that goes 3 hours or so."
46 teams competed in the national tournament. The team was surprised to make it so far.
"Each step of the way has been a complete surprise for us," says Erin Tenderholt, Rhinelander High School junior. "When we made it into the finals at state we didn't see that coming and when we won state we were in disbelief."
"Then going in we really wanted to make it a top 10 but we didn't necessarily think it was feasible, so when we got 8th in the nation we just couldn't believe it," says Tenderholt.
Seattle Washington Preparatory School won the national tournament this year. Rhinelander won the national tournament back in 1989.
RHINELANDER - You can't find public radio stations as easily as you can find commercial radio stations in the Northwoods. That's because they're funded mostly by donations. However, one Rhinelander radio station has found a way to make it work for more than 30 years.
"The station came about as the result of a dream, really, of a fella named Peter Nordgrin who came from northern Minnesota at a station very similar to this one," said Ken Krall, news director and interim station manager at 91.7 WXPR in Rhinelander. "He realized that there was a hole in northern Wisconsin for public radio."
MILWAUKEE - Federal officials say they'll review the shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Milwaukee for a possible civil rights violation.
Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old man whose family said he was mentally ill, was shot to death last April in a downtown park after he struggled with Officer Christopher Manney. The Milwaukee County prosecutor announced Monday that Manney's use of force was justified self-defense, and he wouldn't be charged in the case.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County district attorney says he's confident the public will see he made a fair decision in not charging a white Milwaukee police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
John Chisholm said the officer, Christopher Manney, was justified in using deadly force when his encounter with Dontre Hamilton turned into a fight last April. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times after Hamilton got control of the officer's baton.
Chisholm said the release of the full investigative file will help people understand what went into the decision.
RHINELANDER - A 23-year-old Wausau woman faces three charges for allegedly stealing a purse and using a stolen credit card in Rhinelander. Those charges include burglary, theft and credit card fraud.
Prosecutors accuse Brieanna Persike and Andrew Washburn, 25, of Wausau, of stealing a purse from an unlocked home on South Rifle Road in Rhinelander. The criminal complaint shows that Persike told investigators they broke into the home. She said it was after visiting Washburn's grandmother early on December 17th.
The two then went to Wal-Mart and spent more than $500 using the stolen credit card. The criminal complaint shows that the two bought a car installation kit, a car amplifier, a black BB gun, cat food, ice fishing equipment and other items just hours after the reported burglary.
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