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Friday Night Blitz 2.14.20Submitted: 02/14/2020
Friday Night Blitz 2.14.20
NORTHWOODS - Mosinee 49 Medford 67
Antigo 53 Rhinelander 59
Assumption 61 Abbotsford 71
Marathon 69 Phillips 66
Newman Catholic 70 Prentice 76



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ANTIGO - What starts with a tumble, ends in neatly packed, ready-to-ship bundles in the Kretz Lumber warehouse. Twenty percent of it will go across the ocean to China, with tariffs tearing into the profit.

"Twenty-five percent of our sales to China was reduced and we still have the same amount of overhead that you have to cover no matter what the price is," said Troy Brown, President of Kretz Lumber.

Though China's tariffs will be gone Friday, Brown says the foreign timber market is much different now from a year and a half ago.

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RHINELANDER - The Northwoods is no stranger to heavy snow storms, but imagine having your driveways and sidewalks cleared - without ever having to touch a shovel.

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EAGLE RIVER - The Subaru Winter Experience started three years ago in Eagle River.

It has everything a thrill seeker could hope for: fast cars, harsh weather, and beautiful scenery. 

That's why hundreds from all over the world make their way up to Dollar Lake in February.

Jake Alward -- owner of Chanticleer Inn -- has seen visitors from Texas, Flordia, Virginia, California, New York, Washington, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Swedish organizers Patrik and Lienna Sandell originally started the ice-driving classes in Sweden and later brought the concept to America.

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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander business is the first to be certified "autism friendly" by the Autism Society of Central Wisconsin.

The event included refreshments, speeches and even a ceremony where a certification sticker was put on the window.

Tom's Drawing Board owner Tom Barnett says it's not about his business getting certified; he's encouraging other area-businesses to get certified too.

"Autism friendly is just a place where the parent with an autistic child can go to knowing that their child is having a sensory overload, that is a judgmental free area," said Barnett.

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ADAMS CO., IL - A school bus slid on snow and off the road then flipped onto its side in Adams county,  Illinois Tuesday morning.

Three students were on board. Two of them were taken to a hospital for an evaluation, but no serious injuries were reported.

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MILWAUKEE - Twenty-four people associated with a violent drug trafficking gang operating in a northeast Milwaukee neighborhood face federal charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Hundreds of federal, state and local officers executed search warrants Tuesday and rounded up 17 of the defendants. The rest remained at large Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said.

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MADISON - Republican legislators and their fundraising committees finished 2019 with four times as much money in their campaign accounts as their Democratic rivals, according to a review government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign released Wednesday.

The review found that GOP lawmakers and their two legislative campaign fundraising committees - one for the Senate and one for the Assembly - ended the year with more than $6.3 million combined in the bank. Democratic legislators and their two committees finished with $1.6 million on hand.

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