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Crandon hopes the use of wood ashes will help clear fields more quicklySubmitted: 04/18/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Crandon hopes the use of wood ashes will help clear fields more quickly
CRANDON - Northwoods sports teams hope the latest snowstorm will be the last one from the winter that won't seem to end.

Until all that snow melts, some schools are taking proactive measures to find games for their athletes.

"We're over a month into the season and we still haven't had a practice outside," said Crandon Activities Director Josh Jaeger.

Like most schools, Crandon's sports practices have been confined to hallways and gyms, while games have been cancelled or postponed.


"Getting an opportunity to actually tell them game situation stuff, and tell them, and help them through it and coach them through it, I'm looking forward to that," said Crandon Softball Coach Shannon Howerton.

Next Tuesday the Cardinals baseball and softball teams will get that chance when they travel to the Wisconsin Dells to play Rhinelander, Crivitz and Peshtigo on the turf at the Woodside Sports Complex.

"I'm not excited for the travel, I can say that, but being able to finally go and play other teams is going to be amazing," said Crandon senior Alexis Quade.

Crandon is one of several Northwoods schools to travel for games.

While skipping a full day of school is not ideal, school administrators know students have missed less time than originally planned.

"It's like a trade-off. We've missed about six or eight games already, so they would've missed six or eight class times potentially, so it's one whole day for the four or five afternoons that they previously didn't miss," said Jaeger.

In an attempt to miss fewer games in the future, the Cardinals are taking a unique approach to clearing their fields.

"We decided to do it to our baseball field last week, and it worked really well," said Jaeger. "We had it to dirt and then Mother Nature provided us with another blessing of snow."

Crandon's teams spent Wednesday afternoon spreading wood ashes, donated by Nicolet Hardwood in Laona, across the snow-covered baseball and softball fields.

Potassium salts in the ashes help melt the snow, while also attracting the sun with the dark color.

"It works really well, because I do it in my yard and the grass will turn green much faster than it normally does," said Jaeger.

Now the Cardinals hope it will work just as well on their fields, so they can start playing games a little closer to home.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/17/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We talk to area school district administrators about the problem they're facing with teacher shortages and how the schools are trying to work around those shortages.

And we kick-off another season of Friday Night Blitz where we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following football games:

Prescott vs. Rhinelander

Wittenberg-Birnamwood vs. Northland Pines

Shiocton vs. Tomahawk

Deerfield vs. Three Lakes/Phelps

Belleville vs. White Lake/Elcho


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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MILWAUKEE - Heavy rains that flooded a section of Interstate 43 in the Milwaukee area left several motorists stranded.

The North Shore Fire Department responded to the scene Friday morning to help motorists, some of whom were sitting atop their flooded cars. Four people had to be rescued, and two others got out on their own.

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RHINELANDER - A food pantry that depends on generosity saw a lot of it Friday. The pantry teamed up with Trig's and Bremer's Furniture to help out local families in need. 

Volunteer Bill Vancos didn't mind giving his free time this morning to a bigger cause. "It's very heartwarming to do this. It's a shame that people are still in need," said Vancos.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry set up a donation drive in front of Trig's Friday morning.

Rhinelander Food Pantry Treasurer, Ginger Chroback, joined the event to help customers figure out what to donate. She said macaroni and cheese, cans of soups, and pastas are food staples that are always helpful items to donate. 

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RHINELANDER -  Officers from the Rhinelander Police Department stood on the roof of the building to raise money for the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

Officer Luke Linsmeyer said it's a great opportunity to spend time with the athletes.

"[We] get to communicate with [the athletes]. They get to communicate with us. We get to play a few games here and there. It's really a good time. It means a lot to just see them and for them to see us in this type of capacity rather than working in our cars," said Linsmeyer.

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THREE LAKES - The Three Lakes School Board stands by its district administrator after questions over a political ad.

Friday morning, the Three Lakes School Board issued a statement saying they feel it is the best interest of students to continue under the leadership of Dr. George Karling.

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NORTHWOODS - The Northwoods feels like an awful long way from the bright lights of Hollywood.
But in 1978, Hollywood came here.

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary for the movie "Bog."

It was a horror film that was filmed in Oneida County.

Mike Ryeden was Hazlehurt's Assistant Fire Chief at the time and ended up starring as the hero of the movie.

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EAGLE RIVER - On Friday night, expect the line at the Eagle River ice arena to be out the door.

People in the area always look forward a tradition in its 56th year.

The Eagle River Recreation Association hosts a huge auction in mid-August.

"It keeps the lights on in this place. To run a rink is extremely expensive. We try to the best we can with what we have here to bring down those fees so hockey and skating becomes affordable for everybody up here," said ERRA President Patrick Schmidt.

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