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Hodags have new gymnastics coachSubmitted: 11/14/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

RHINELANDER - It took a few days, but Rhinelander High School appears to have a coach for their gymnastics team.

His name is George Allen. He has been involved with Rhinelander gymnastics on the middle school level for three years.

The hire still needs to be officially approved by the school board. That could happen on Monday.

If Allen is approved, it saves the season for the Hodags. The girls were able to practice for the first time yesterday.


They're glad to just get ready for the season.

"(We're) not only late going into the season, but we didn't have any open gyms," senior Sara Krueger explains. "Now it's this big process of getting our routines and getting up to speed."

Allen wanted to avoid the Hodags not having a season at all. That includes his daughter Stephanie.

"With them not having a gymnastics team, plus my daughter is on the team," Allen says. "I did feel it was important not only for my daughter, but for the other kids also."

Kersti Lamers and April Denis were also hired as assistants. The school board also needs to approves their hires as well.


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One veteran on the 34th Never Forgotten Honor Flight was able to get his grandson on the flight at the last minute. Tonight the veteran and his grandson tell us why it was important for the two of them to be on the trip together.

We introduce you to a Minocqua tattoo artist who was homeless at one time and is now using his talents to help others who face the same struggle.

And tonight on Friday Night Blitz we'll bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following football games:

Freedom vs. Mosinee

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THREE LAKES - A handful of students in Three Lakes arrived to school in style Friday, on board a fire engine.

Three Lakes Elementary third grader Garrett Mandli was one of the students aboard the fire trucks Friday morning for the eight annual Ride to School program.

"It[was] cool," said Mandli. [I got to go on the truck] because I won the fire escape plan drawing contest."

Each grade from pre-k to fifth participated in the contes. The fire department chose winners from each grade.

Garrett's sister Gracie also won the poster contest for the second grade.

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MADISON - Dispatch logs show multiple shots were fired in the home of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who vanished after her parents were found dead inside the house.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department released dispatch logs Friday that indicate responding deputies found multiple rounds in the home and the door kicked in.

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MADISON - Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is alleging his Democratic opponent Tony Evers plagiarized material that was part of the state budget request submitted by the education department he runs.

Walker made the charge on Friday, hours before Walker and Evers were to meet in their first debate. Polls show the race is a tossup.

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MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources is going to vote on emergency rules establishing catfish seasons.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a law this spring authorizing the DNR to create regulations for taking catfish by hand, with a bow or with a crossbow.

The regulations would authorize fishing for catfish by hand from June 1 to Aug. 31 and establish a bow-fishing season that runs concurrently with the rough fish spearing season. Most Wisconsin counties have a continuous open season for spearing.

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TOWN OF ENTERPRISE - A simple contraption made from wood and holding batteries and cameras ended up in Jason Manders' hands Thursday morning after a long flight.

"I've never held anything that's been in space, so this is pretty cool," Manders said.

Getting that contraption back from high above the earth was much more complicated.

"I didn't really know what I was going to get into," Manders admitted.

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MERRILL - Sixteen Wisconsin counties will ask voters in November whether they support legalizing marijuana.

Democratic Attorney General candidate Josh Kaul visited one of those counties, Lincoln County, on Thursday.

In Merrill, he said he supports allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana in the state.

"There are people who deal with chronic pain, who can benefit from having medical marijuana, and I think they should have that option," Kaul said. "If there are doctors who could prescribe either medical marijuana to people or opioids to address pain, I'd rather see doctors prescribing medical marijuana."

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