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Worker from Wisconsin killed at Tennessee quarrySubmitted: 06/11/2019
Worker from Wisconsin killed at Tennessee quarry
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NASHVILLE - Police say a worker from Wisconsin has died at a Tennessee quarry.

Nashville police said 22-year-old Colin Sawasky was working in a ditch at Vulcan Materials Co. Police said in a news release that the operator of a front end loader was putting sand into the ditch when the heavy machinery slid in, pinning Sawasky against a concrete culvert. He died at the scene.

Police were called to the site at about 11 a.m. Monday. The news release said Sawasky had been hired by a subcontractor.

The release said Sawasky's death appeared to be accidental.

Vulcan said in a news release it was "a sad day" and expressed its condolences to the man's family and friends. The company said it is investigating and coordinating with Mine Safety and Health Administration officials at the site.

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Hodag Lanes Closing Submitted: 08/14/2020

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RHINELANDER - After over 50 years of staying open, Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander has officially closed its doors.

"I mean COVID has hit the bowling business really, really hard no matter where your bowling center is," said Sharon Cline, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes.

And with the construction on Stevens Street, the bowling alley was in a tough situation.

"The construction was also a big play for us because with all the construction out here it was tough for anybody to get through," Cline said.

A lot of memories were created in the bowling alley for various citizens in the city.

"I probably started bowling in the early '80s on the Wednesday night women's league," said Sherri Schilleman, Rhinelander resident. "We had the 9 o'clock slot I believe back then."

For her and many families in Rhinelander, bowling was very popular.

"Bowling is actually a big sport in Rhinelander," said Schilleman. "And I think in the last couple of years bowling was actually starting to make another comeback. So it's sad because people are gonna have to find something else to do."

But Cline is hoping that this won't be the end for Hodag Lanes.

"It is costly to have a bowling center but we're just hoping again that we can get up and running again," said Cline. 

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 Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. 

Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments. 

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His attorney says he and Morales are exploring a range of legal action, including filing a claim for damages.

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