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PRESCOTT--Prescott receives prominent billing in the latest recreational guidebook to Northwest Wisconsin, "Headin' to the Cabin: Day Hiking Trails of Northwest Wisconsin," by Rob Bignell. Describing more than 100 trails, the book covers nine Wisconsin counties. And while not in those nine counties, Kinnickinnic State Park near Prescott is detailed as a good excursion from neighboring St.
SPRING VALLEY--The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, closed its Highland Ridge Campground at the Eau Galle Dam and Recreation Site in Spring Valley due to excessive storm damage. The park received more than 14 inches of heavy snowfall, resulting in excessive tree damage. The Corps is in the process of evaluating the number of damaged trees and will work to restore the site's safety.
SPRING VALLEY--A training session is scheduled for people wishing to be new volunteers at Refuge Farms Horse Rescue and Sanctuary in Spring Valley this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Both the indoor and outdoor portions on this day will be offered at Refuge Farms, 3035 Hwy. 29, just east of Hwy. 128, east of Spring Valley. Those interested in attending the session are encouraged to dress in layers for both the indoor and outdoor portions of the program. Volunteers are needed for care of the horses and grounds, fundraising and assisting with the equine-assisted therapy program, Horses Helping.
UW-River Falls will host Composer Fang Man for a three-day residency on March 19-21. The residency will conclude with a concert on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.
We know not smoking, being active and making healthy food choices are good for our bodies. But what about our wallets? Research shows healthy habits can save us money. Mary Lestrud, nutrition coordinator for UW-Extension in St. Croix and Pierce counties, offers 10 tips for increasing your health and wealth in 2012. 1. Stop (or don't start) smoking. Simple math reveals big savings. For example, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes a day at $5 per pack and quit smoking, you could save up to $150 per month or $1,800 per year.
MADISON - Considering the amount of pain Somerset wrestler Gabe Flandrick was in after his semifinal match at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament, just wrestling in the finals on Championship Saturday was remarkable in itself despite the outcome. Flandrick gave up a late takedown near the edge of the mat in the third period to Ellsworth's Gabe Frandsen and lost the Division 2, 160-pound finals 5-4 at the Kohl Center. Just 24 hours before Flandrick was in triumph after winning his semifinal match in overtime over Marinette's Jadin Boivin.
MADISON - Seven Rivertowns area wrestlers were able to win their fifth place matches at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center. In Division 2, Ellsworth's Tristen Mueller (35-23) blanked Evansville/Albany freshman Jordan Meyer (31-9) 9-0 at 132 pounds and teammate Logan Kemmerer (24-3) got a decisive takedown in the third period to beat Wautoma/Wild Rose junior Bryce Bennot (35-11) by a 9-4 score at 152. In Division 1, Hudson's Dima Hawksford(41-5) used double-underhook throw to put Mukwonago senior Kirk Zylke (26-11) on his back for a 1:50 pinf
MADISON - Nine Rivertowns area wrestlers lost their first matches in the placement round at the WIAA State Wrestling Meet Saturday morning at the Kohl Center and will all wrestle for fifth place this afternoon. In Division 2, Ellsworth's Tristen Mueller lost a close match at 132 pounds to senior Dalton Gorman (46-6) of Mosinee and teammate Logan Kemmerer was beaten by junior Braxton Portrykus (44-6) of Wittenberg-Brinamwood 10-4 at 152. In Division 1, Hudson's Dima Hawksford lost 6-4 to Bay Port senior Alexander Walla (38-10) at 160; Derek Schindler was topped by Mt.
MADISON - The Division 2, 160-pound final at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament will be an all Middle Border Conference affair as Somerset's Gabe Flandrick will square off against Ellsworth's Gabe Frandsen. Flandrick was an overtime winner in the semifinals Friday night at the Kohl Center. Flandrick scored a takedown in the overtime period to hand Marinette senior Jaden Bovin just his second loss (41-2) of the season. However, the win came at a price as Flandrick injured shoulder making the takedown attempt.
MADISON - St. Croix Central brought a trio of wrestlers to the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament and all three will come away with places. The Central 3 all won their consolation matches mid-afternoon and all will wrestle in placement matches Saturday morning. Carl Moll had the most dramatic win as he scored a reversal with :10 seconds to go in the third period against senior Taylor Heunink (41-5) of Waupun and won the 170-pound match 3-2. "I was able to get some room which gave me angle to take if I went hard and I did," Moll said afterward catching his breath.