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Lord, the Everest Metro Police Department's current K-9 officer, will retire May 11 after a long career with the department.
Officer Matt Krembs will take over as K-9 handler when Aaron, a 2-year-old German shepherd, takes over in early June.
The department received a $10,000 grant from Texas-based K9s4COPs that covered the cost of the dog. D.C. Everest Area School District school organizations also donated money to fund the new K-9. Krembs attended a six-week training course in Indiana with the new dog, and the pair will work together to fight drug crimes in the south metro area.
? The Rothschild/Schofield Aquatic Center opens June 8, and pool visitors will see a few changes this season.
In the spring Schofield Spotlight newsletter, Aquatic Commission Chairman Kregg Hoehn writes about "something new and very exciting at our pool this year" - two climbing walls at the deep-end of the heated pool.
Hoehn also wrote about discussions with Weston Aquatic Center officials to sell a dual pool pass so families and other pool-goers can have access to both south metro pools. Hoehn said he hopes the pass will be available late-spring for purchase. Visitors at the Rothschild/Schofield Aquatic Center also could have wifi access this pool season, according to the newsletter.
Katie Hoffman covers Wausau's south metro area for Daily Herald Media and the Everest Herald. Have a suggestion for a story Katie should be chasing? Contact her at email@example.com and find her on Twitter as @katielhoffman.