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Regatta draws large crowd, raises money for local studentsSubmitted: 08/09/2014

Karolina Buczek
Reporter/Anchor
kbuczek@wjfw.com


EAGLE RIVER - Superheroes and villains hit the water in homemade boats at the Pitlik Polish Regatta today.

Hundreds of people dressed in their wackiest outfits for the 15th annual event. Competitors tested their skills on the land first. Then, their score carried over into the boat race.

"How teams place on the events determines their position on the starting line. We then send out our teams on their boats and that determines the grand championship of the day," said event coordinator Gary Pitlik.

Competitors from across the Midwest came to compete today. All of the money raised will help students in Three Lakes go on a class trip to Washington D.C.

"We've raised $40,000 for a trip to go to Washington D.C.," said Pitlik. "Last year we were able to donate a chunk of money and this year we're planning on doing the same thing."

Event organizers think people keep coming back to the event because it's fun to dress up in wacky costumes. There's a different theme every year. Next year's theme will be circus clowns and circus freaks.

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RHINELANDER - A Norther Lights Tour scientist explained Rhinelander's role in potato breeding and genetic studies on Wednesday night.

Every year about 50,000 varieties of potato are tested to see if they could be commercially sold.

Only about one in a 100,000 will become a named potato variety.

"The Rhinelander agriculture research station on Highway C is really where that process starts by making the cross pollination, raising those plants for the first time in a greenhouse and then evaluating them in the fields there for a couple years," said UW- Madison Assistant Professor of Horticulture Jeffry Endelman.

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MADISON - A convicted sex offender from Rhinelander can keep pictures of children he cut out of magazines.

A state appeals court dismissed new charges against Albert Chagnon Thursday.

Prosecutors charged the 33-year-old last year with 23 counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent. Chagnon was about to be released from prison when a guard discovered a notebook in his pants containing photographs of fully-clothed young girls cut out of magazines or newspapers, including the Lakeland Times.

Chagnon argued that the charges should be dismissed because he didn't take the photographs. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with him Thursday, saying state law doesn't cover Chagnon's conduct.

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MADISON - Newly released documents show Gov. Scott Walker's office was involved in drafting legislation to overhaul Wisconsin's open records law and keep some government materials secret.

Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee passed a measure earlier this month that would have shielded many documents created by state government officials from the open records law, including drafts of legislation and staff communications.

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CINCINNATI - A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing wore a striped jail uniform at his arraignment Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million.

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MARQUETTE, MI - A historical marker has been placed in Marquette to commemorate the location of the first steam railroad in the Upper Peninsula.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports (http://bit.ly/1MvloGk ) the Iron Mountain Railroad was built in 1857 and was used to transport iron ore from mines west of Marquette to the city's harbor on Lake Superior.

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MILWAUKEE - The victims of a plane crash in Milwaukee have been identified as the chief operating officer of a Boston capital investment firm and his daughter.

Summit Partners said in a statement Thursday that the victims of Wednesday's crash are Joseph Trustey and his daughter, Anna.

They were traveling to the Midwest for a college visit.

Federal investigators will try to determine why the single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames at Timmerman Airport on Milwaukee's northwest side. Neighbors whose houses border the airport witnessed the crash at about 6 p.m. but say the flames and smoke made it impossible for them to help.

Witness Ken Gipp says the plane was flying very low when the right wing hit the ground and a wall of flames ignited.

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A small, single-engine passenger plane has crashed and caught on fire at Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport, killing at least one person.

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