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Gary Ridderbusch

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Gary Ridderbusch has been a sportswriter for more than 20 years.
He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


Fans can experience Packers training camp
By Gary Ridderbusch

With the Milwaukee Brewers falling into a midseason slump, it might be time for North Woods sports fans to turn their attention to football.
That’s right. The Green Bay Packers’ Ray Nitschke Field will greet players and fans alike this Thursday afternoon, July 26, for the opening of the 67th edition of training camp. Twenty practices are scheduled through Aug. 30.

According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night presented by Bellin Health, will attract an estimated 100,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries from July 26 through the final open practice Aug. 30. It’s an opportunity for Packers fans to watch their team prepare for the 2012-’13 season.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:22 PM
Pines Hall of Fame to induct four Aug. 31
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct three standout athletes and a longtime supporter of Eagle athletic programs to the hall Aug. 31.
The three athletes to be inducted are 1987 graduate Chris Hartwig, 1984 graduate Kelly (O’Brien) Lacko and 1966 graduate Tom Martens. Allan Geiger, a longtime supporter of the Pines hockey program, will be inducted in the citation category.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:05 PM
Hughes presented Positive Athlete Award
By Gary Ridderbusch

Northland Pines High School senior Brett Hughes was recently recognized for being a positive athlete on and off the field.
Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings hosted the inaugural Wisconsin Positive High School Athlete Awards presented by the Rotary Clubs of Wisconsin June 15 at Lambeau Field.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 3:02 PM
Outdoor recreation changing in state
By Gary Ridderbusch

Whether it’s bicycling, adventure racing, kayaking, camping or visiting a dog park, the state wants to learn more about your outdoor recreation interests.
More than 85% of Wisconsin residents report they are involved with some type of outdoor recreation in the state, according to the most recent data compiled as part of a regular five-year review of outdoor recreation participation and demand in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:07 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:08 PM )
Moonshine Run set in Eagle River
By Gary Ridderbusch

The YMCA of the Northwoods will host its fourth annual Midnight Moonshine 5K Fun Run Saturday, July 7, beginning at the intersection of Wall and Railroad streets in downtown Eagle River.
The run is one of two fundraisers for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which provides youths and  families with scholarships for YMCA?programs and memberships.
Registration that day is set to begin at 9:30 p.m., with entertainment slated for 10 p.m. followed by the race at midnight. Yes, midnight!
Early registration for the race costs $25, but racers can register the day of the event for $35.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:36 PM
Hodag Run to benefit Strong Kids campaign
By Gary Ridderbusch

Prior to the Moonshine run July 7 in downtown Eagle River, the streets of Rhine­lander will come alive with running shoes Saturday, June 30, as the YMCA of the Northwoods will host the Hodag Run For Your Life 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run.
Now in its sixth year, the race attracts hundreds of area residents and summer visitors. The race benefits the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign, which ensures that no one is turned away from the YMCA due to lack of ability to pay.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:52 PM
Area athletes encouraged to try triathlon Aug. 11
By Gary Ridderbusch

Swimmers, bikers and runners looking for a new challenge may consider a triathlon. Area athletes are being encouraged to join hundreds of other triathletes at the edge of Clear Lake at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, for  the “See Me Tri” the Minocqua-area Triathlon.
This year’s triathlon will offer both sprint and Olympic distances for teams or individuals. The distances for the sprint event are: swim, 500 meters; bike, 20 kilometers (12.4

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:59 PM
Hundreds to take to streets for fourth Moonshine Run
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s time to lace up the running shoes and start training for the Eagle River YMCA’s fourth annual Moonshine Run, set for midnight Saturday, July 7, in downtown Eagle River.
Last year’s event drew more than 300 racers and more are expected this year, according to Shayne Wilfer, Marshfield Clinic information center consultant and Moonshine Run volunteer coordinator.
The race course will start at the historic railroad depot near the intersection of Wall and Railroad streets. Participants will travel through Eagle River with views of the Chain of Lakes before the final stretch through downtown Eagle River.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 2:48 PM
WIAA approves move for girls State tourney
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) will pursue agreements to keep the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison and to move the State Girls Basketball Tournament to the Resch Center in Green Bay for 2013 and 2014.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:40 PM
Packers Family Night set Aug. 3 at Lambeau
By Gary Ridderbusch

Green Bay Packers fans who live in the North Woods and don’t have season tickets will have an opportunity to watch their beloved Pack and experience Lambeau Field this summer.
The annual Green Bay Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, will take place Friday, Aug. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Lambeau Field.
The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:55 PM

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