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Minocqua dog and handler team win 'Speed Retrieve' at Torpy Park SundaySubmitted: 06/16/2019
MINOCQUA - Jacob Rademacher of Minocqua got his first dog, a chocolate lab, a little over a year ago. 

"I told myself I would do competitions with her, but I just didn't know what," said Rademacher. "And when this came up I was like 'sure, let's do it'."

"This" being DockDogs - an aquatic sport for dogs with three disciplines, including Speed Retrieve.

"It's how fast they can run, jump and swim to the end of the pool and retrieve a bumper," said DockDogs announcer Jared McMahon.

Dozens of dog and handler teams competed in the timed event at Torpy Park Sunday, Rademacher and his dog Ky being one of them.

Kylan Juhl and her dog Etsy came from Iowa for DockDogs.

"It's a lot of fun for me and the dogs," said Juhl. "On hot days it provides a chance to kind of cool off. You also get to meet a bunch of new people."


This is Rademacher and Ky's second time doing Speed Retrieve. Ky had the fastest time with 6.5 seconds.

"I was shocked really, she's making me look good," said Rademacher. "I'm proud of her."

And after their first place finish it won't be their last.

"I think I'll start traveling and doing as many as I can, and see how far she can go."


Story By: Dan Hagen

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EAGLE RIVER - Families shower dads with gifts, love and maybe even a surprise breakfast on Father's Day.

The Rock Mission Center in Eagle River combined all three off those for families in their community this morning.

"Can't think of a better thing to sell fathers than that love that you would have with your father on father's day at breakfast," event organizer Joe Jovanovic said. 

The pancake spread was inspired by Cory Meyer who brought a special meaning to the meal.

"Pancakes are a big thing in my family," Meyer said. "My grandpa passed away back in 2010 and his last dinner was pancakes. That led to a poem 'Pancakes In Heaven' which is in honor of him that turned into a magazine which now goes to nursing home shut-ins, veterans and prisoners."

Meyer's poem motivated the Rock Center to find their own message for Father's this year.

"Mothers are the love and nurture in the home. I think the Fathers are the hope portion because when a child really needs something that a dad can give, it's hope," Jovanovic said.

Jovanovic shared his own personal connection to the meaning of hope.

"This is superman's family crest and on the planet Krypton this stands for hope. That's the rock, love and hope," Jovanovic said.

And to all the fathers out there...

"Thank you for everything, because that's exactly where it all comes from."

The Rock Mission Center hosts dozens of events every month.



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RHINELANDER - Mountain bikers raced through the Washburn Lake Trail System Sunday. More than forty bikers competed in the RASTA Rally bike race.

Racers either biked an 8-mile or 19-mile course. Jett Biolo got 2nd in his age group and said he liked the race course this year.

"Last year we had to go all the way up some of the really big hills here," said Biolo. "This year it's more singletrack so I really enjoyed that."

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St. Anne Fest Draws ThousandsSubmitted: 06/16/2019

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WAUSAU - You might see softball, live music, and a polka-themed church service driving down Bridge Street in Wausau this weekend. The award-winning St Anne Fest is back in town.

"It's a big three day event," said John Lang, one of the organizers. "We have great music, good food, softball games, dart tournaments going on. We have all kinds of events that bring in the community."

The annual festival is famous for its egg rolls and fresh deep-fried cheese curds. Ten thousand dollars in cash prizes well be raffled off on Sunday.

Michele Norrbom said the event is really a celebration of everything Wausau.


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NEWBOLD - One Northwoods community wants people to know how to treat invasive species on land.

The town of Newbold is educating its residents on how invasives spread after winning a grant from the
Lumberjack RC&D and conducting a roadside survey last year.

At an information session Saturday, a representative from Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnerships (WHIP) explained the practical implications of that survey and showed people ways to identify and fight land based invasives.

"One of the best, most effective ways people can help out with invasive on the roadside would be containing your gear and cleaning your gear as you move from one place to the next," said Rosie Page with WHIP.

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MADISON - Madison police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman who fell into a pond.

Police Chief Mike Koval says the victim's boyfriend called around 8:30 Saturday night to report he was unable to pull her out of the pond. Rescuers arrived within minutes and gave the woman CPR, but could not revive her.

The woman's name has not been released.


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MOUNT PLEASANT - Racine police say an 18-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Mount Pleasant officer was armed and ignored commands to drop his weapon.

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MADISON - Democratic legislators are complaining that their Republican colleagues didn't give advance notice to them or the Madison Police Department about a proposed security study of the state Capitol that would require the department's involvement.

The state's budget committee adopted the measure Tuesday along party lines. The full Legislature and governor haven't approved the study, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee treasurer's office records show Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is delinquent on property taxes.

Deputy City Treasurer Jim Klajbor said Friday that Barnes, a Democrat, has failed to pay $2,225.43 in property taxes, interest and penalties for his condominium.

Barnes told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which first reported the delinquency , that he's paying the delinquent taxes in an installment plan.

But Klajbor said Barnes failed to make the first payment in a monthly installment option by Jan. 31 and hasn't made any subsequent payments. A spokesman for Barnes did not immediately comment.

Barnes earlier this month said he had paid a $108 fine for parking tickets that went unpaid for more than a year.

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