CRANDON - Around 1100 off-road racers are competing in Crandon this weekend.
It's the annual Brush Run.
Drivers were not allowed on the track for practice Friday. That's to make sure the track is in great shape for tomorrow.
12 class of racers are competing.
Among them is Jarid Johnson, one of the younger brothers of 5-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Jarid did get some practice work in away from the track.
Jarid's younger brother James is helping Jarid in the pits. Gary Johnson, the proud father is watching. He has missed Crandon's Off-Road Raceway. Jimmie last raced here 15 years ago. Now it's back seeing some familiar faces and enjoying racing again.
"It's really neat to see some old friends," Gary said. "Jimmie (Johnson) has grown so big, he really doesn't need our help. This is more fun where you can work on the truck."
"It's been a while since I've raced trucks," Jarid explains. "We've always looked forward to racing at Crandon. This track is big, so we should have some clean racing. We should have alot of fun here."
Jarid did race in another off-road circuit for about 5 years.
Some of the Northwoods drivers competing this weekend includes: Eric Lear and Justin Lennox of Minocqua (Light Buggy), and Sugar Camp's Scott Schwalbe (Pro Buggy).
The attorney for Robin Mendez today tried to convince the jury that another man, one who was upset with Mendez's wife, could have been the one who killed her back in 1982. You'll hear some of the testimony from a witness who may have seen that man the night of the murder.
Plus, some Rhinelander residents have been without phone, internet and cable services for about 2 weeks, and they want some answers from Frontier. We'll bring you the details and talk with some of those frustrated customers.
We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - One of the five Rhinelander employees who signed a letter of no confidence against City Administrator Daniel Guild submitted her letter of resignation on Monday.
Guild's assistant, Stephanie Rajnicek cited ongoing conflict, tension, and concerns about her future for resigning.
Her last day will be Friday, May 10th.
Rajnicek joined City Clerk Val Foley, Deputy Clerk Mary Stoll, Utility Billing Clerk Beth Mannikko, and Public Works Director Tim Kingman in signing the letter. It was submitted during a city council meeting on March 11.
MINOCQUA - According to a Nestle frozen foods representative, Wisconsin ranks number one per capita in frozen pizza consumption in the United States. A lot of the best-selling brands are based in the badger state.
Orv's, Brew Pub, and Roma pizza brands are all made by Bernatello's Foods in Outagamie County. Bernatello's National Sales Manager Denny Terrance said frozen pizza has become a staple food in Wisconsin.
"A lot of that is based towards the quality of the meats that you see on the market these days, the premium toppings that you see," said Terrance.
RHINELANDER - An 18-year-old nursing assistant accused of sexually assaulting at least two elderly patients pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Jacob Schlosser was in Oneida County court for his arraignment, facing three 2nd-degree sexual assault felonies.
He was first charged with sexually assaulting an 80-year-old patient during bath time at Avanti in Minocqua last month. Two days after police started their investigation, another patient came forward saying Schlosser assaulted them, too.
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