Wisconsin Rapids hosts national curling tournament

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Photo - In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Art Placek, right foreground, of this Mountain Pacific 1 curling team from Oregon, releases a stone, as teammates Eleanor Robertson, back to camera, and Kathy Placek, top left, wait to follow the stone during the 2014 USA Curling 2014 Mixed Nationals Championships at the South Wood County Recreational Ice Rink in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.  (AP Photo/The Daily Tribune, Casey Lake) NO SALES
In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Art Placek, right foreground, of this Mountain Pacific 1 curling team from Oregon, releases a stone, as teammates Eleanor Robertson, back to camera, and Kathy Placek, top left, wait to follow the stone during the 2014 USA Curling 2014 Mixed Nationals Championships at the South Wood County Recreational Ice Rink in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. (AP Photo/The Daily Tribune, Casey Lake) NO SALES
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Curling enthusiasts are gathering in Wisconsin Rapids this week for a national tournament with teams from 10 states.

Daily Tribune Media reports (http://wrtnews.co/1dptZG4 ) the USA Curling 2014 Mixed Nationals began Saturday and will have finals on Sunday.

Mike Swanson, of the Tri-City Curling Club, says it has hoped to host a national tournament for years but planning stalled during the recession.

He says the club set its sights on the Mixed Nationals because it's a small tournament with about 40 players. He says the club hopes to host larger events in the future.

Visit Wisconsin Rapids Executive Director Laura Nelson says even a small tournament is putting the area on the map with curling players and helping the local economy.

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Information from: Daily Tribune Media, http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com

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