Northwoods Spotlight - Lampe's return to Madison - June 4Submitted: 06/04/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

Northwoods Spotlight - Lampe's return to Madison - June 4
MADISON - Last weekend, Alyssa Lampe showed why she was named USA Wrestling's female wrestler of the year.

And she was able to enjoy a home mat advantage.

Bob: "It was awesome to see the Wisconsin people remember her," Tomahawk wrestling coach Bob Garrou explained. "I really think it meant something to her."

Alyssa Lampe felt the presence of one family member.

"You could hear my - in fact, my dad is the only one I could hear. I couldn't even hear my coaches. That was pretty funny."

Tomahawk's Alyssa Lampe received a hero's welcome in Madison. She captured the women's 48 kg - 105.5-pound title in front of the Wisconsin faithful.

"Just great to hear people from my hometown," Lampe adds. "Heard people cheering for me. It was great."

"If it wasn't for her parents, she wouldn't have been a wrestler," Garrou said. "Her dad drug her in there to be a partner for her brother. And it worked out perfect. It's been great to be a part of that."

Last time Alyssa wrestled in Madison was in 2006. That year in her weight class - she finished second at the state tournament. Last weekend, she left her home state as a World Team member.

"It's a stepping stone. But the goal is to be an Olympic champion," Lampe is quick to point out.

"She said to USA Wrestling last week her goal is to win everything from here on out and retire in 2016 as an Olympic champion," Garrou explained.

Lampe had to bounce back after getting pinned in the second match. Two years ago, she was an alternate for the Olympic team after falling in the final match. She would not let that happen again.

Alyssa will compete at the World Championships in Uzbekistan in September. And continue to focus on a shot at the 2016 Olympic games.

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RHINELANDER - This time of year, winter activies start to wind down and the summer fun hasn't quite started yet.

That's why Fisher's Resort and Bar on Lake George in Rhinelander enjoys having it's annual ice golf tournament each year.

"In year's past, March is always kind of a slower season up here in the Northwoods so we figured we'd create an event and put efforts towards a local organization," said Fisher's Resort and Bar owner, Russ Fisher.

That local organization they raise money for is the Hodag Sno-trails snowmobile club.

This year, the tournament had it's biggest turn out.

30 teams came to play, including first timer Dennis Herrmann who lives right across the lake.

"This has nothing to do with golf, I can tell you that right now. But it's a challenge for all the obvious reasons. But you do it for the charity, you do it for the fun and it gives everybody the chance to get out," said Herrmann.

This year they cut it down from 18 holes to 13 so people could get inside faster to enjoy the chili and the raffle items after their round of golf.

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WAUSAU - When you think of Wisconsin, two things might come to mind - beer and snow. 

The Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau decided to combine the two and host an annual brew fest. 

Andy Ledesma is the head brewer at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau. The Granite Peak Brew Fest is one of the many perks of his job.

"No other beer fest is like this, that's for sure," said Ledesma.

He definitely wasn't alone serving more than 40 beers on Saturday. 

Jeff Geurink works for South Shore Brewery in Ashland. They've been around for 20 years, but they wanted to make this brew fest a part of their line up.

"Get our name out there and make sure people are enjoying our beer and get as much information as possible out about our brewery so then when they go out and get a beer, they remember us," said Geurink.

Something everyone will remember from the brew fest was the set-up.

"Snow bar?! You can't get that in the summer time," said Roland Bruhnke.

He's right. Most beer festivals are in the summer. But when it's still feeling like winter in March, Granite Peak turns lemons into lemonade, or more appropriately, hops into beer.

"I think it definitely helped that when they get to the bottom of the hill, you see a bunch of beer," said beer salesman Jesse Bartnik.

So even though beer and physical activity isn't the best combination, dozens of people were loving it this weekend.

"The winter, the skiing, the beer, it's all one big package all rolled into one," said Bruhnke.

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RHINELANDER - The warmer weather might have you spending more time outside with man's best friend.

But the remaining snow and ice could increase the risk of injury for dogs.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County will hold an information meeting to share information about a sexually violent offender that will soon be released.

Gregory Loomis, 43, sexually assaulted two children in 1988 and 1992.

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ANTIGO - "It did come as a shock at first, but it's something that you realize it's not the end of the world," said Tracie Quade. 

Quade's 18-month old son, Benny, was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born.

"It's actually a really, really awesome thing. People with Down syndrome are wonderful loving people and they are just as capable of doing as much as anybody else," said Quade.

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RHINELANDER - An Oneida County judge set a trial date for a Rhinelander woman charged in the death of her toddler stepson.
Ellen Tran's trial is expected to start with jury selection on October 19.

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CRANDON - Planners in Tomahawk dreamed about a bike loop around the city starting in the early 2000s.

Two decades later, it's finally about to happen.

After more than 15 years of negotiation, the city bought a critical piece of land from the Canadian National railroad.

It will allow the city to start building a 4.6 mile bike loop around the city.

"It's a win-win for everybody. There was a little frustration from by position, but you just...kept your foot on the gas through the whole process," said Tomahawk Public Works Director John Cole.

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