WINCHESTER, WISCONSIN - Mike Shouldice is the president of the Mecca ski club in Mercer. He's been dreaming of coordinating a pursuit ski race for the area, which hasn't been done in 10 years. This weekend his dream came true with the first ever Turtle River Pursuit. The classic leg was Saturday at Mecca Ski Trails and the skate leg was Sunday at WinMan Trails.
"We live in the Northwoods and winter lasts for a few months so people have to get outside every day," said Shouldice. "Our trail systems are incredibly beautiful up here. And our snow conditions are perfect and our grooming is meticulous."
Pursuit races feature one day of classic skiing and one day of freestyle skiing. Classic skiing takes place in the tracks, on the side of the trail, while freestyle skiing resembles skating.
Randy Ahnen and Justin Blake were on a team called "A Quarter Ton of Fun". They took second place in the team division.
"I never even place normally, so I'm pumped," said Ahnen.
With plenty of trophies and food to go around during the award ceremony, everyone was in high spirits. A lot of them will be back February 8th and 9th, 2020 when the second annual Turtle River Pursuit will happen.
There's a vacant school in the village of Mattoon, southeast of Antigo.
He wants to buy it and turn it into a Christian community center, and, someday, a school.
Reimer says the community is behind him.
But the Unified School District of Antigo is not.
In 2016, people in Mattoon fought as the district closed the school, saying rural elementary schools like Mattoon were too expensive to run. A year later, many of the same people tried unsuccessfully to open their own school district.
An earlier version of this report conflated the two criminal complaints filed against contractor Gerald Stodola.
The first complaint filed February 14, concerns Stodola and a homeowner who alleges Stodola failed to inform the homeowner of a delay in construction. The first complaint also alleges theft by contractor.
The second complaint also filed February 14, concerns Stodola and the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, whose leaders also allege theft by contractor. They believe Stodola used money meant for a new chamber building for other purposes.
The defense argued in both cases that the plaintiffs, both represented by the Asst. District Attorney, did not show probable cause in their complaints.
Judge Neal Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the first complaint, saying the fact that Stodola did not finish the job he was hired to do was evidence enough to show probable cause.
Nielsen rejected the defenses motion to dismiss the second complaint because Stodla himself mentioned using funds for the St. Germain project for something else. Nielsen believed that showed probable cause.
Preliminary hearings for both cases are set for September 18, 2019. ______________________________________________________________________________________
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RHINELANDER - Staff working in the YMCA's Children's Learning Center in Rhinelander enjoy what they do.
Many of the staff members have been there for 20 to 30 years. Some are looking to retire soon, which creates opportunities for new workers
They have full time and part time positions open. Those willing to get the proper certification to work there can get some help from the YMCA.
"We can help by tuition reimbursement," said YMCA Child Care Director Diane Zarembka. "There's a couple other programs out there, the T.E.A.C.H. program, that can help with getting people to take credit classes or getting certificates."
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