RHINELANDER - Most baseball fans turned their attention to the Major League All-Star Game Tuesday night. However, those Major Leaguers weren't the only all-stars to be found. A group of slightly smaller all-stars squared off in Rhinelander.
"We have a lot of fun. My favorite part is when ground balls get hit to me or any action that I get," said Northwoods All Star player Matt Milanowski.
Milanowski plays for the Northwoods All Stars U10 team. The team is made up of kids from Eagle River and the surrounding towns. As you might expect, their coach Jim Beyer says it's not always easy coaching ten year-olds.
"When things are going well, they're in the game, but then they can really lose their focus easily and it's hard to bring them back some times," said Beyer.
But Beyer says the challenges of coaching such a young group also come with rewards.
"You're trying to be all serious and talk about what happened in the game, and they're asking you questions about are they getting icees and stuff like that, and you remember they're 10 year olds and how fun it is to coach this age and see them have some success," said Beyer.
One reward for the Northwoods All Stars was Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Rhinelander All Star team, which just so happened to fall on the same day as the Major League All-Star game.
"With it being all-star week and they can see the all-stars there and we had a talk last night that no matter what happens the rest of their life, they're always going to be an all-star," said Beyer.
Even with that win, Northwoods All Star player, AJ Muench says it wasn't good enough.
"We were kind of sloppy, I think we could do a little bit better on hitting," said Muench.
While they're hoping to do better at the plate, they're certainly not lacking in confidence for next time.
"We're going to win, and we're going to come out right away and get five runs in the first inning," said Milanowski.
When Muench was asked if he agreed, he didn't hesitate.
"Yes," said Muench.
The Northwoods All Stars will play the winner of Antigo and Wausau in the next round.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
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.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
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.
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