WAUSAU - Wausau West, Eau Claire North, Lakeland, Merrill, and Antigo scrimmaged in Wausau on Friday. High school football teams are cramming as much as they can during their last days of practice. The coaches agreed that it was a great opportunity for their players to get a taste of game speed. "We have a lot of young guys and that had to see how fast varsity football is," said Nick Sturm, the head coach at Merrill. "They got a taste of it today and I think it was an eye opening experience early on and I think they started catching up to the speed."
"Game speed is a lot different than practice speed," said Mike Mestelle, the head coach at Lakeland. "It takes you a few games to get up to that game speed and I think our guys responded to that challenge pretty well." The scrimmage included three teams from the Great Northern Conference. All three coaches believe the conference is anyone's to take. "I think it's going to be wide open this year," said Matt Weberpal, the head coach at Antigo. "I really do there aren't many returners starting." "I think its wide open," Sturm said. "There are a lot of good teams out there but they're young." "It's a wide open conference," Mestelle said. "We're excited, I think we have our best group we've had in four years." The teams will continue to put on their final touches before kick off on August 22nd.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander community‚Ä"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
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