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.
ARMSTRONG CREEK - Around 9:12 a.m. on Saturday emergency responders assisted a 49-year-old Crandon man who accidentally shot himself while hunting in Armstrong Creek, according to DNR Safety Specialist Warden Mark Little.
Little said the man saw a deer while sitting in his truck. He went to grab his rifle, and as he was manipulating the gun it went off. A bullet went through the man's upper right leg and lower left leg, exiting out the driver-side door.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
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