RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Basketball Association prepared for the winter sports season by holding a camp this weekend for students from 3rd grade through high school.
The camp was run by Ryan Borowicz who owns a basketball training center near Green Bay. Rhinelander's girls basketball coach Ryan Clark knows Borowicz from college. Clark said he was happy to have Borowicz work with his team.
"He's a fantastic guy and he's just a credible source, but he's a guy you want to have around your young men and women. He's a great mentor and he knows the game really well," said Clark.
Borowicz travels to different schools all across Wisconsin for camps. He says he enjoys visiting smaller communities like Rhinelander.
"It's communities like this that are kind of fun, because the kids a little more teachable often times as well. They want to learn because they don't always have those outside influences to come in and teach. If you go to a bigger city you have more opportunity," said Borowicz.
Saturday's camp for the high school students focused mostly on shooting. Clark and the Hodags girls team will begin practicing Monday.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
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