RHINELANDER - RHINELANDER--- Rhinelander High School had their first football practice Tuesday on campus. The team will have a new look on offense this year. The squad is looking to improve after a tough season in 2013. They only won one game. New head coach Chris Ferge is ready to get the ball moving. "It's good to be out here with the kids," said Ferge. "It's exciting, there is a lot of teaching going on. Some of the guys that were at camp are picking up faster than where we left off. Other kids are learning from scratch."
Starting junior quarterback Brandon Reinthaler is enjoying the change in tempo that Ferge brings. "The energy this year is a lot more up tempo than last year," said Reinthaler." I felt like we were more laid back. This year we are all up tempo and ready to go." Rhinelander's new athletic director Brian Paulson brought in Ferge to change the direction of the program. Ferge's spread, up-tempo offense could be a part of the answer. "The spread offense is more plays," said Ferge. "More people get the ball, more excitement more scoring, more up tempo. Something is the defense cannot recreate." The spread offense has led to the Hodags to believe that they will be much improved this season. "I have tremendous faith," said Ferge. "That we are going to get better. We are going to run at a high level and we are going to execute." The Hodags have just over two weeks to perfect the offense before August 22nd opener. .
WAUSAU - Drugs led to four arrests and one death in north-central Wisconsin on Monday.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports a 37-year-old Shawano man died after apparently overdosing on methamphetamine.
Witnesses say 37-year-old Lucas Groshek and his wife, Carolyn, were shaking and convulsing in a car in the eastern Marathon County town of Norrie. Mr. Groshek died before getting to the hospital. Mrs. Groshek, 33, is in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
Several Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have said they're not ready to vote.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he supports Johnson on this.
"We've given Senator Johnson some suggestions," Walker said. "I think he wants to vote for it, he made the promise when he ran in '10 and then last year in 2016 that he would vote to repeal it, he wants to do that, he just wants to make sure that the repeal ultimately ends up serving the people of Wisconsin well."
Both Democratic and Republican senators say they have issues with the bill.
Some Republicans say the bill doesn't get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats worry about Medicaid cuts.
Walker says he wants Wisconsin to continue to do what it does well in healthcare.
"What I've asked Senator Johnson is help us do the things we've been successful at," Walker said. "We're a top ten state when it comes to access for healthcare for citizens, we're a top ten state with the quality of our healthcare systems. We want to maintain that going forward."
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the new bill would cause 22 million Americans to be uninsured.
Johnson put out a statement Tuesday saying he was glad there won't be a vote this week.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
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